John did indeed make a lasting impression on all who met him and this included
the staff on the Lane-Fox Respiratory Unit at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London. As a
result and entirely in his memory, the John Prestwich Memorial Garden has been
created alongside the Unit. This garden is both bed and wheelchair accessible
and provides an oasis for the patients and visitors.
‘A Remarkable and Inspirational Man’
The plaque in the garden
says of John ‘A Remarkable and Inspirational Man’. (The Respiratory Unit and the
Memorial Garden are situated on the south bank of the river Thames and overlook
the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben).
Do not stand at my grave
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle Autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.
Thank you all so much, Maggie Prestwich