Thanks to Mark Jeffreys and the wonderful staff at St Peter and St James hospice some of the young people in Hanbury were able to enjoy a peaceful walk in their beautiful gardens. Just down the road towards Wivelsfied is this haven of tranquility where we were all able to benefit from being in such a calm and restful place. Before we started out walk we met the donkeys in the paddock opposite the hospice reception. Donkeys at the hospice are a very important legacy to Jim and Susan Dinnage, a local couple who set up a donkey sanctuary in 1951 and held donkey derbies, the proceeds of which were used initially to pay for nursing care for their son, and then to pay for a seaside home for disabled or ill children to come and stay with their families. In 1975 a new home, the St Peter & St James Holiday Home for the Disabled, was built, and this was registered as a nursing home in 1977, before becoming a hospice in 1980.
Our young people visibly relaxed in the gardens of this wonderful hospice and it was truly a great place to come and absorb all the sights, smells and sounds of the countryside.