Sompting pensioner helps restore fountain to ‘former glory’

June Hughes by the fountain at Rectory House
June Hughes by the fountain at Rectory House
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A RESIDENT at a Sompting care home helped restore an old fountain to its former glory when she decorated it with a colourful array of flowers.

June Hughes, 82, a resident at Rectory House, in West Street, had the vision of creating a fountain garden for residents and visitors to enjoy at the home.

A lifelong gardening enthusiast, June began planting a range of flowers to return the fountain to its former glory.

The fountain’s broken water pump means the fountain can no longer be used, but June “refused to be disheartened” in her attempts to make it more attractive.

She decided she wanted to plant a variety of flowers to make the fountain a spectacle of colour, and now visits it every day to keep the plants healthy.

Jackie Cox, home manager, said: “I am so proud of June. She was determined that the fountain should remain a focal point of the home and used her initiative and skill to create something special for her fellow residents. It is so important for residents to feel at home and to use skills that they have in playing an active role in life at Rectory House.”

Prior to moving to Rectory House, June’s garden was described as “the envy of all her neighbours”, as she cultivated a vast array of colourful plants and flowers. June decided she wanted fuchsias and other flowers by the fountain and provided a lengthy list of what would be suitable for each tier of the fountain to staff at the home.

She painstakingly spent time planting each flower by hand and walks out to the fountain each day to check the flowers are healthy and ensure they have enough water.