Carpentry and joinery students from Newham College handmade a selection of nest boxes, presenting them to Richard House Children’s Hospice, for use in their ‘Let’s Explore’, Woodland, Sensory Garden.

The woodland provides life-limited children with complex and life-threatening health conditions the opportunity to safely explore nature, an activity many seriously ill children may not have the opportunity to partake in. Tarlochan Assi, Workplace Experience Coordinator at Newham College said:

“The students chose to do as part of their work experience, planning the project, using a range of tools and materials. The college has formed strong links with Richard House, and is yet another project undertaken by college students for the hospice in Beckton.” James Harmer their tutor explained that students selflessly undertook this project outside of core curriculum hours.”

 Trish McInerney, Volunteer Coordinator at Richard House mentioned:

“As we are celebrating our 20th anniversary, the student’s work will enhance our garden and experiences of our children, their families, and the staff, adding a greater sense of adventure. It will encourage nature to flourish for all to enjoy, whilst families can gain some much-needed respite and adventure in the garden.”

We are very grateful to Newham College, and look forward to strengthening the partnership. This is a wonderful example of just one of the ways young people can give to others less fortunate than themselves. They are a credit to the college, and all of us at Richard House are most grateful.