Captain Tom’s Courtyard opens at Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital

Following our Say Thanks to the NHS Summer Campaign last year where we raised over £14,600 for the renovation of a disused courtyard at Princess Royal’s Hospital, we are pleased to share the unveiling of the courtyard.

The ceremony at Princess Royal Hospital also marked another landmark – the NHS’s 73rd birthday. An unused courtyard at the hospital has been transformed, thanks to the contribution from Reconomy, into a haven for rest and reflection for staff at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trusts (SaTH), which runs PRH, as well as patients and visitors.

A competition ran in conjunction with the Shropshire Star to redesign the area. This was won by Cardio-respiratory scientist Emma Mayho. The courtyard was cleared and landscaped and now features seating pods, private areas, lighting and flower beds with curved willow fences. It has been named Captain Tom’s Courtyard to recognise his fundraising efforts for the NHS during the pandemic.

As part of the development, redundant air conditioning units were collected and the rebate value donated back into the charity pot for future requirements.

Diane Crowe, Head of Group Sustainability comments: “It is great to be able to give something back to the NHS and provide that much needed outdoor space. We are delighted to see how the project has turned out, and the amazing support from all the partners involved – and ultimately to be able to leave such a fabulous legacy for many to enjoy in the future”.


Julia Clarke, Director of Corporate Services and Director responsible for SaTH Charity said:

“The garden is a wonderful area of beauty for staff to enjoy a break and our patients and their families. It has been made possible thanks to a generous donation from Reconomy and a grant from NHS Charities Together, with support from CLC Construction Ltd and our teams in estates."