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As you will have heard, my dear friend Cathy, the duchess of Montrose passed away and we all miss her so much at the Preshal. What I loved about Cathy was that she had great relationships not just with the staff but also the clients and knew many of them by name.
Cathy’s daughter Hermoine has taken over her role as president of the Preshal Trust which is wonderful and I know ‘oor cathie’ would be delighted about this.
We have a large area of overgrown land at the side of the Preshal building which the Clydeport Authorities gave us when we were constructing our building. Every time I looked at it I thought it was such an eyesore so at Cathy’s memorial service we had a collection to kick-start our project to create a memorial garden in her honour as a lasting legacy of her work and contribution to the Trust.
Our plan would be for disabled access to allow everyone to enjoy the garden. We will have a children’s play area, quiet reflective seating area, vegetable garden, fruit trees all of which we could use in our cooking classes and lunch clubs and also have a colourful array of flowers and shrubs.
We are actively fundraising at the moment to secure enough funds to start the project so please pray and…………… watch this space.