Ridgeons has donated materials and tools to the Eden-Rose Coppice charity, in support of its latest woodland transformation project.
Eden-Rose Coppice supports people living with cancer, terminal illnesses, and children with behavioural and learning disabilities, and has begun turning a neglected 3 ½ acre woodland area into an inspirational end-of-life retreat and children’s educational centre.
In conjunction with its premium supplier, Toolbank, Ridgeons has donated over 30 products by quality manufacturer, Faithfull Tools.
Jo Brooks, Eden-Rose Coppice Manager, said: “We are really excited to have started work on our new Ipswich site and can’t thank Ridgeons enough for its on-going support and tool donation.
“Using our Sudbury site as a blueprint, we have been busy tackling the densely overgrown, rubbish-strewn woodland to transform the site into an indoor woodland area and skills centre.
“Our 3 ½ acre Sudbury site was the first sanctuary of its kind in the UK and since opening, it has offered more than 150 people with terminal illnesses to enjoy some form of solace with their families in the wood. And we can’t wait to achieve the same level of success at our new site in Ipswich.”
The regeneration of the woodland area will be completed by volunteers, including terminally ill and disabled adults and children, in a bid to teach them new skills and engender a sense of community and comradery. The Ipswich sanctuary is estimated to be open to families by February 2016.
Gordon Ridgeon, director of Ridgeons, said: “Throughout the past 8 years, Ridgeons has supported Eden-Rose, as the charity continues to take over areas of disused woodland from the local council and develop it to build free sanctuaries for vulnerable children and people living with terminal illnesses.
“It is really moving to see the work achieved by disabled and cancer patients, some aged between only 7 and 14. This is a fantastic charity and we are honoured to be able to offer a helping hand wherever we can”.