Members of the local community have rallied round to refurbish a garden at St Luke’s Hospital, Market Harborough.

Staff on Ward 3 made a Facebook appeal in March, and have been overwhelmed with support.

New planters have been made, plants donated, and new surfacing created. The son of one grateful patient donated a water feature.

Harborough District Council helped with labour and materials, and another generous benefactor gifted a patio set.

The garden is already being used by both patients and staff.

Ward housekeeper Donna Gardiner initiated the project. She said: “It brings a touch of normality for patients, at a time when they are not able to see relatives.

“We have been inundated with help.”

Deputy sister Di Struthers added: “It is beautiful, very pretty.

“People want to do something because of the virus, and this is a way they could help both patients and staff. We are very grateful.”

Previously the garden was neglected and overgrown, with broken furniture.