Rugby Myton Hospice patients ‘shocked and saddened’ after thieves take plant pots from garden

Volunteer Pam Mawby, nursing assistant Bertie Girvan, Sister Camilla Brookes and patient Mary Horton

Volunteer Pam Mawby, nursing assistant Bertie Girvan, Sister Camilla Brookes and patient Mary Horton

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Hospice patients, volunteers and staff have been left ‘shocked and saddened’ after thieves stole plant pots from their garden.

The plants were donated to Rugby Myton Hospice, in Barby Road, by volunteer Pam Mawby who brings in home grown cuttings and tends to the plants in Day Hospice garden.

I cannot understand how someone could steal from a hospice of all places

Pam Mawby, Myton volunteer

Pam’s son died from a brain tumour when he was just 35. He was cared for at Myton.

“I volunteer to keep the garden looking nice because it gave my son a lot of comfort and I want other patients to be able to enjoy it,” she said.

“It’s so sad to think that someone could steal from a place that cares for and supports terminally ill people.

“The patients get so much pleasure out of the garden. It means a lot to them to be able to sit on a bench for 10 minutes, get some fresh air and look at the nice plants.

“I cannot understand how someone could steal from a hospice of all places.”

Pam, 68, first noticed two of her pots were missing at the end of April and was shocked to discover that two more had been taken last week.

The plant pots had been given to her by a man who admired her volunteer work at the hospice.

Pam tends to the garden once a week and also spends time talking with patients and making drinks.

“I know how much the garden means to the patients because we’re always chatting about it and discussing what plants are going to be added,” Pam said.

Hospice staff said the garden was important as it provided a place for patients and volunteers to relax and reflect.

Myton chief executive Kate Lee said: “We were very shocked and saddened to discover that some of the beautiful plant pots which decorate our day hospice garden have been stolen.

“Four pots have gone missing in the past three weeks which is very upsetting for our patients, staff and the lovely volunteer who so kindly tends to our garden bringing in plants from her own garden.

“The garden offers a place of peace and reflection for our patients and volunteers and it is awful to think that people would steal from such a worthy cause.”

This is not the first time Rugby Myton Hospice has been targeted. In December 2011 vandals smashed a hole in the charity’s road sign causing £600 worth of damage.

The hospice provides care and support for terminally ill patients and their families.

Go to www.mytonhospice.org for more information.