Here, the team shares the details of their sunny volunteer day:
Wednesday the 23rd May was Dillon Bass’ CSR day. We were at the MacMillan centre in Antrim Area Hospital.
The Macmillan Unit offers specialist care to help patients and families deal with problems which can arise when living with a life-limiting illness.
The unit is a purpose-built, specialist palliative care in-patient unit located in the grounds of Antrim Area Hospital. It has 12 single en-suite rooms as well as facilitates to accommodate out-patient appointments.
The unit specialises in helping adults with life-limiting illnesses, such as advanced cancer, advanced respiratory disease, motor neurone disease, renal failure or heart failure. Patients can be admitted for short periods of time to provide relief from pain and other symptoms, and for care at the end of their life.
Each room has their own patio area with seating that looks out onto a garden area. It was this area that Dillon Bass had pledged to improve for the day.
Together, we cleaned, sanded and re-varnished all seating and planters. In the garden area, we covered and secured the flower beds with weed suppressant matting. We laid a new path through the bedding, planted approximately 100 new plants to add structure and colour and finished off with plum slate chippings.
Thankfully we had the sunshine on our side and with a bit of hard work and sweat, the whole team completed our project on time.
We would like to thank the staff and patients who put up with us for the day. It was great to hear the compliments on our project. Finally, thanks to all the Dillon Bass staff for turning up to complete a task that will make a difference!
Gareth, Laura, Liam, and Aidan
The Dillon Bass CSR team