Date: 
Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 11:00
Patients on Eden Ward at Royal Cornwall Hospital (RCH) were treated to an early Christmas present as Father and Mother Christmas took time away from appearing at the Eden Project to visit them in Truro.
 
Eden has a special relationship with the women’s ward since patients and staff decided to rename it after the project in 2015.

Father and Mother Christmas were joined by two of their elf helpers and Eden Chief Executive Gordon Seabright yesterday (Wednesday, December 18) with gifts of lemongrass and baobab hand cream, lavender and honey moisturisers and calendula soothing cream.
 
Patient Hilary Kean, from Probus, said: “I wasn’t feeling very festive, what with having to come into hospital for an operation, but meeting Father and Mother Christmas today has now helped me to get in the Christmas spirit.”
 
Tash Trewhela, Matron on Eden Ward said: “The Eden Ward staff were delighted to welcome Father and Mother Christmas and the elves. 
 
“It’s always difficult for those spending time in hospital during the festive period, which makes this visit so special for patients and has helped to brighten their day.”
 
Gordon said: “We’re proud of our association with Eden Ward and the fact that staff and patients chose to name their ward after the Eden Project.
 
“We love this time of year and we’re really pleased to be able to divert Father Christmas and his elves from their duties at Eden to bring some festive cheer to everyone on the ward.”
 
Father and Mother Christmas will be at the Eden Project until Christmas Eve, as part of this year’s Festival of Christmas. The festival, which finishes on December 30, features Eden’s biggest ever Christmas music programme, beautiful lighting, Luke Jerram’s breathtaking Gaia Earth installation and a Christmas jumper swap shop.
 
Over the years, Eden horticulturists have donated an array of plants to Eden Ward to brighten up two of the waiting rooms which are often used by patients awaiting surgery.
 
The rooms are now decorated with tropical foliage such as emerald palms, (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) areca palms (Dypsis lutescens) and luscious succulents such as Crassula.
 
Eden has also donated pictures to display in the ward and commissioned an artist to create a mural inspired by the Rainforest Biome for the day room.
 
For more information on the Festival of Christmas, visit https://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/christmas-in-cornwall