Former I’m A Celebrity… winner Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo swapped the jungle for the garden as she opened a new outdoor space for stroke and cancer patients at Wexham Park Hospital.
Georgia, who won the ITV show in 2017 after rising to fame on Channel 4 reality show Made in Chelsea, was invited to cut the ribbon at the Slough hospital’s new look Eden Ward garden on 19 September.
TV doctor Amir Khan, from Channel 5 series GPs: Behind Closed Doors, unveiled a plaque, marking the opening of the garden.
The garden is a courtyard area that sits between the Eden haematology ward and the hospital’s stroke rehabilitation unit. It has been transformed thanks to the generosity of the public and the business community.
Tired decking and shrubbery has been replaced by brick paving, flower and shrub borders and a spacious cedar wood pavilion which will allow the garden to be used year-round and in all weathers.
The transformation, which was devised, planned and completed within one year, was funded entirely by donations. Local and national businesses also contributed materials and labour.
The project would otherwise have cost Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Wexham Park Hospital, an estimated £50,000.
Complementary therapist Michele Martin, who was the driving force behind the garden transformation, said: “This fantastic garden will make a massive difference to our patients.
“We want it to be a sanctuary where people who have cancer can spend time away from the ward, either on their own or with their families and friends.
“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who helped to make this happen, from those who organised fundraising events, made generous donations or provided us with building materials, to others who physically toiled away to turn the plans into reality.”