Newry care home resident receives gardening gift from local B&Q

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Thursday, June 6th, 2013
A resident at HC-One Rockfield Care Centre in Newry received a helpful hand from his local B&Q who presented him with a new wheelbarrow and some lovely new plants for the garden after the wheelbarrow he used for gardening was stolen.

92 year old Brian McKendry outside Newry B&Q

At 92 years of age, resident Brian McKendry is still a keen gardener having come from a green-fingered family which includes a great uncle who was known as The Plantman. When his wheelbarrow was stolen, staff and members from the community decided to create a collection fund to get Brian a brand new wheelbarrow so he could continue with is beloved hobby. The word spread around the local community and the B&Q which Brian frequents kindly donated not only a brand new wheelbarrow, but some extra plants and flowers for him to plant. Brian, who has lived at Rockfield with wife Eileen since 2009, has now been able to plant the flowers and seeds and is looking forward to them all blossoming in the summer months. Rockfield Care Centre Acting Home Manager, Ciara Powers, said, “We were really taken aback by the reaction from the local community and we want to thank B&Q for their kind donations. Thanks to them, Brian will make sure Rockfield residents have a beautiful garden throughout the summer months! “Brian was over the moon about his brand new wheelbarrow and the beautiful plants which the local B&Q gave him. We are all so happy that Brian can now continue with his passion.” Regional Managing Director, Paula Keys, added, “This is a great example of a care home being part of the local community. Through word of mouth alone the local B&Q found out about Brian’s wheelbarrow, and we want to thank them for their kind donation.”
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