Ian, who is currently starring in Aladdin at Motherwell Theatre, said: “It was an honour to open the fantastic new garden for older patients. I was so excited when I was asked to do it.
“Hopefully the sun will come back next year and the patients and staff will get a chance to enjoy this wonderful, colourful garden.”
Ian, who plays Wishee Washee, turned more than a few heads when he walked down the corridors of the hospital dressed in his full panto costume
Janice Miles, senior nurse for Older People’s Services, said: “All of the patients and staff shared a few laughs with Ian while he was here, it was a real pleasure to have him officially open the garden.”
The garden has a seating area where people can spend some time outdoors. It has been designed as a special relaxing space for older patients and their families away from the ward environment.
Janice added: “We would like to thank Dobbies Garden Centre who gave us £1000 towards the cost and to staff from Serco who carried out the bulk of the landscaping work.”
Rhona Dunsmore, Serco general manager for Soft Services said: “We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved and would like to thank everyone who has donated their time or money and a special thanks goes out to the hospital community who have been behind us all the way.”