Memorial garden at King’s Lynn hospital will help ill patients and their families find peace

Pictured from left in the new garden are: Lucy Massen, Sharon Harvey, Lindsey Rasberry, Laurence Mor

Pictured from left in the new garden are: Lucy Massen, Sharon Harvey, Lindsey Rasberry, Laurence Morlaás and Hospital Chief Executive Dorothy Hosein - Credit: Archant

A new memorial garden has been created at a Norfolk hospital to help terminally ill patients and their families find peace.

The beach-themed Alan Rasberry peace and hope garden, near Shouldham ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, was named in memory of a popular King's Lynn man who lost his short battle to pancreatic cancer on June 19, 2013, aged 52.

The garden comes complete with a boat and benches, and was funded with a £10,000 donation made by Mr Rasberry's family and friends. The family has also donated about £10,000 to the pancreatic cancer charity.

Mr Rasberry's wife Lindsey said: 'I am hoping it will help to give peace and tranquillity to those who have just received the worst news of their life. You need somewhere quiet to go to sit and reflect on what you have been told.

'I think the garden is wonderful and I think Alan would also be pleased with it. We loved going to the beach and it is nice to see that reflected in the garden. He will always be remembered.'

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Mr Rasberry worked for 20 years at Lloyds TSB and also played football, rugby and golf for various teams in the area.

Mrs Rasberry, stepdaughter Lucy Massen and nephew Gavin Caney along with other relatives and friends joined in the fundraising efforts.

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EDP sport reporter Mr Caney completed a 52-mile triathlon, with his twin sister Kelly King joining in the 14.7 mile run element.

The creation of the garden was also supported by Country Grounds Maintenance Ltd, of Downham Market, along with East Coast Signs.

The hospital's chief executive Dorothy Hosein said: 'Not only will the garden be a lasting memorial to Mr Rasberry but it will also help other families who are going through a similar situation.'

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