Staff at an Isle of Wight care home are hoping local businesses and residents will rally together to create a garden paradise in a space not currently fulfilling its potential.

Easthill Home for Deaf People, a vital part of the charity Deaf Action, has been part of the Isle of Wight community for 70 years.

The home's garden space desperately needs restoring, through a financial boost and some TLC.

The charity is working with volunteers to rejuvenate the care home’s garden, and there are ways to help. 

Isle of Wight County Press: The large garden needs some TLCThe large garden needs some TLC (Image: Contributed)

How to help

Sign up for a volunteer day, taking place on June 8. Food and drinks will be provided and travel discounts may be available. Sign up here:

Donate towards the project via the JustGiving page by clicking here So far, £2,200 has been raised through donations.

Donate tools, plants, paint towards the project.

As the sole care facility for deaf people in the area, and the only care home registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) specifically for deaf people, Easthill plays a crucial role in providing specialised care and support to its deaf residents.

However, limited funds have left the home's garden area in need of attention.

The project to transform it was started by volunteers Karen Baitup and Amanda Casson-Webb. 

Karen said: “My mum has dementia and has been living at Easthill for two years.
The staff are so kind and caring, and when you see all the staff and residents signing together, you realise it’s a special place.

"We wanted to give something back to say thanks and knew the garden was the perfect project.” 

Amber Holbrook, manager of the home, said: "We are delighted that we have such amazing volunteers who are willing to give so much of their time to this project.

"Their dedication to improving the quality of life for our residents is commendable, and we are eager to support them in any way we can.

"With the generous support of the Isle of Wight community, we believe we can make this transformation possible."