This week two teams of Rotarians, with help from the Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery (who also kindly provided the gardening tools), did some garden maintenance at Heartbeat House on Tremona Road which is run by Wessex Heartbeat. This included weeding, pruning flowerbeds, removal of unwanted shrubs and of a compost heap at the bottom of the garden.
Heartbeat House, formerly known as Rotary House, is a 25-bedroom house that provides accommodation for relatives of those undergoing heart operations at the nearby Southampton General Hospital. It is a vital service that, since 1996, relatives can call upon at the last minute or in advance with no charge to stay there. A secluded garden with a water fountain provides some respite from the challenges faced when loved ones are in the hospital.
Supported by Rotary in Wessex, 25 clubs in District 1110 financially support the House. Tina Richardson, the charity's Events Manager who has been heavily involved with Wessex Heartbeat for many years, and who is also a Rotarian at New Forest Rotary Club, visited the teams and thanked them for their hard work and also gave us a potted history of the House.