22 Oct 2015
Graham Slipper, a long standing colleague and friend to many at West London Mental Health Trust, has sadly passed away.
Graham started working at the trust as a 15 year old apprentice, progressing to head gardener on our St Bernard’s Hospital site. When he retired in 2011 he had worked at the trust for over 50 years, gaining recognition in the Ealing Gazette for his commitment to the trust.
Colleague Kevin Towers said: “Graham was well liked by both staff and patients and always made time to talk to anyone around the site. He helped create the environment around St Bernard’s that we see today, which helps our patients to recharge and recover. His committed work ethic made a significant and lasting difference to patients, staff and visitors to the St Bernard’s site.”
In 2011, Graham won the chairman’s award during the Quality Awards for his considerable contribution to the trust. Despite officially retiring in 2011, Graham still continued to work at the trust a few hours a week in the months following his retirement.
Staff and colleagues have been giving their condolences and sharing their fond memories of Graham.
Barbara said: “His stories about his early working years and the development of the St Bernard’s site were fascinating to hear – he was the walking tour guide for the site! Graham knew everyone and I don’t believe I ever saw Graham without a smile on his face!”
His warm and gentle persona was echoed by all those who came into contact with him – his dedication and commitment to the role extended beyond his gardening duties to the care of patients, staff and visitors around the site.
Trudy said: “Graham was a lovely man who had a friendly word for everyone. He brought a lot of joy to all, especially the patients with his care and cultivation of his beautiful gardens. He will be sadly missed.”
Graham will be missed by all at the trust, our deepest condolences to his family and friends.