Eden-Rose Coppice Trust Ltd in Sudbury, Suffolk is the first project of its kind in the UK where restored woodlands are used as a free sanctuary for people living with Cancer or serious illnesses.
The intrinsically linked use of the sanctuary is for young people with disabilities or life-limiting problems who, under guidance and within the best environmental considerations, develop this town centre woodland site for our palliative care visitors, gaining important life skills along the way. This integrated approach vastly improves outcomes for both groups.
Working with friends of Eden-Rose Coppice Trust living with various forms of cancer, it was decided that an onsite toilet facility was a priority; indeed the founder of the Charity himself was diagnosed and underwent treatment for bowel cancer highlighting the need for a unique solution to the lack facilities.
The Eco Loo provides a good insight into how the charity succeeds on many levels.
The Gypsy Caravan style Loo design was overseen and design enhanced from an original concept by a friend of Eden-Rose Coppice Trust who is currently undergoing extensive chemotherapy and its debilitating side effects.
The friend worked with 6 children with profound learning disabilities and their knowledgeable carers on the foundation and wheelchair friendly entrance construction demonstrating that life skills for young people with disabilities can be acquired at various levels. As the concept develops it is intended that some of the rustic features requiring woodworking skills will be taught by elderly people suffering mobility health and disability problems, infusing an inclusive approach for all.
On June 14th at 1pm, this absolutely beautiful unique Eco loo will be officially opened by Anna Wordley, Nurse Consultant, (GI Cancers) Colchester Hospital. The Town Mayor will be in attendance along with a host of children from Hillside Special School, young people currently not in education or training and many friends living with Cancer. All those involved with this unique Loo.