Monday 18 July 2016

First Open Garden proves a blooming success

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On July 10 over 200 people visited the first Garden House Hospice Care ‘Open Garden’.  Visitors were warmly greeted by staff, gardeners and volunteers, served teas and freshly made cakes as they enjoyed beautiful views of the garden.  The sun shone brightly down on the steady stream of visitors throughout the afternoon. From the entrance fee, prize raffle draw, cake sales to plant sales - a fantastic £2,197.58 was raised.  This will contribute to vital funds needed to continue to provide hospice care.

Karen Smith, Head Gardener comments:

“It was lovely to meet people who attended the event with no previous connection to the hospice. They felt it reassuring, and hopefully received an appreciation of the wonderful benefits a garden can provide towards hospice care.

I spoke to one visitor who lost her mother here earlier in the year. Despite it being very hard for her to come back, she was really amazed how beautiful the garden was".

"All the volunteers worked so hard in the run up to the event, and they thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was marvellous to see everyone enjoying the garden, relaxing with their cups of tea and cake.”