Legacy leads to landscaped gardens at Edina Court home

Richard and Janet Cawdell opening the new garden at Edina Court.
Richard and Janet Cawdell opening the new garden at Edina Court.

Residents at Wisbech’s Edina Court sheltered housing and the day care Rosebank Centre are enjoying newly landscaped gardens, thanks to the generosity of “Aunty Joan”.

Lincolnshire woman Joan Peaker, a life long supporter of Methodist Homes, left a legacy to the charity when she died.

The Harecroft Road gardens were officially opened by Joan’s nephew Richard Cawdell and his wife Janet. They shared some fantastic stories about his aunt. They said she would have loved the garden her legacy gift had made possible, as some of the beds had even been planted with her favourite flowers.

Joan had never needed care herself during her lifetime but had always said that if she did, she wanted to be cared for by Methodist Homes.

Joan’s love of her garden inspired the staff and residents at Edina Court to change their tired looking gardens. Bare grassed areas now filled with flowers and greenery are now accessible thanks to the newly laid paths. The new summerhouse will soon have a refreshment area installed.

Visitor to the Rosebank Centre, a day centre providing support for people with dementia, Charles White was busy weeding.

He said he was doing something he loved again, thanks to “Aunty Joan”.