A DIGITAL mapping company has teamed up with a leading charity to create a unique virtual journey around its therapy gardens.

Nautoguide, which is based in Swindon and specialises in creating maps, launched a competition in celebration of Small Charity Week to support a good cause and create an interactive map tour for free.

The charity chosen was Penny Brohn UK, which helps to support those living with cancer through physical and emotional treatments.The map details the organisation's therapy gardens at their national centre in Bristol.

Dave Barter, CEO at Nautoguide said: “It didn’t take us long to decide that PBUK were worthy winners of our competition due to the fantastic work they do in helping those living with cancer.

“We have loved working on the interactive map and enjoyed the enthusiasm of the PBUK staff. We’re proud to see our technology helping others and look forward to hearing the experiences of those embracing it within the gardens.”

Believed to be the first of its kind in the charity sector, the interactive map allows users to explore the gardens via four separate routes, learning about the gardens history, plant life and wildlife. There is also the option of an audio tour, giving users a therapeutic journey around the grounds.

Hannah Sweetnam of PBUK says: “The gardens at the national centre are a big part of what we do - giving anyone affected by cancer the chance to explore nature and find a quiet place to relax. We were delighted the interactive garden map and offer people living with cancer the opportunity to explore our beautiful gardens.”