Friday, December 16, 2016 - 15:00

Patients on Eden Ward at the Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske) had a seasonal surprise when the Eden Project’s Father Christmas turned up with bags of gifts.

Eden has a special relationship with the women’s ward since patients and staff decided to rename it after the project.

Santa, two of his elf helpers and Eden Managing Director Gordon Seabright took a break from Eden duties to call in on the ward with gifts of baobab and lemongrass hand creams for all the patients and staff.  

Patient Barbara Hunkin from St Blazey said: "It is nice because you don't usually get visits from Father Christmas when you're old! We've all been very excited."

Tash Trewhela, Ward Sister at Eden Ward, said: "Christmas is for everyone and it's been a real tonic for our patients to have Father Christmas come in and cheer them up.

"We have had such lovely feedback from patients, relatives and staff.  It really brightened people’s day. We want to thank Father Christmas and all of his helpers for their visit."  

Gordon said: "We are so proud that the staff and patients of Eden Ward chose to adopt us.

"We are especially pleased that Father Christmas and his elves were able to take time out of their busy schedule to spread seasonal cheer among our grown-up friends at the Royal Cornwall Hospital."

Late last year Eden was honoured to hear that staff and patients on what used to be called Tolgus Ward decided to rename it Eden Ward because Eden is so popular among them.

Eden was asked if it would like to donate a picture to brighten the bland white walls of the ward’s day room and decided to donate two beautifully-framed prints prepared by its design team.
Encouraged by hospital staff, Eden then went further by commissioning acclaimed artist Rhiannon Van Muysen, who works at the project, to create a mural inspired by the Rainforest Biome at Eden, further brightening the day room.