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Thetford nurses thank community for helping to make a space for them




Work has finished on an outdoor space for Thetford’s community nurses, in Kingsway, which was the idea of one of the nurse’s sisters and made possible by public donations.

Abbie Lince, whose sister Emma is a senior nurse with the team, set up a fund-raising page to give the nurses an outdoor space that they could call their own.

The community rallied, helping Abbie to raise £628, Thetford Garden Centre donated plants and the town’s green-fingered group, Sex, Rock’n’Roll and Weeding, tidied the whole area and bedded the floral features.

Abbie Lince, left, with Thetford Garden Centre’s Marie Turner, Sex Rock n Roll and Weeding and some of the nurses. Picture by Mark Westley.
Abbie Lince, left, with Thetford Garden Centre’s Marie Turner, Sex Rock n Roll and Weeding and some of the nurses. Picture by Mark Westley.

Abbie, whose employer, estate agents Location Location, also helped with the project, said: “The garden has such a nice secluded feel now with the plants, the seating and table - it is just so nice.

“A huge thank you to everyone, honestly, without them this would not have happened and without the generous donations and people giving up their valuable time we would not have been able to do this.”

Abbie’s sister Emma said she was just overwhelmed by the community’s response to the fund-raiser and to them.

She said: “During the pandemic, I think we felt a little forgotten compared to nurses within the hospitals, even though we were pretty much a hospital on wheels, seven days a week, throughout.

“But this just shows how much the community really does care about us, realises the work we do in and around Thetford - we are incredibly grateful and touched for what they have done for us here.”

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