13th August 2015

Gardeners open their gardens to support hospice care

Green fingered hospice supporters have raised £2000 to help St Richard’s Hospice care for patients with life-threatening illnesses.

An Open Gardens and Plant Sale organised by Bretforton Garden Club in May was attended by about 500 people, including visitors from as far afield as New Zealand.  A number of stunning gardens in the picturesque village of Bretforton were opened to visitors, who were able to purchase plant specimens for their own gardens.

Entertainment was also provided on the day by Belle d’Vain Clog Morris Dancers, a tombola and refreshments including delicious homemade cakes.

The money raised will fund 10 patients to attend Day Hospice, where they can take some time out of their day to day routines, meet with others in similar situations and receive individual care from the hospice’s specialist team, including medical care, complementary therapies, counselling or a visit from the chaplain. During the day patients can take part in a range of activities, including creative therapy, enjoy a home cooked lunch or be pampered with a visit to the hairdresser.

Jon Heath, Head Gardener at Bretforton Manor and Chairman of Bretforton Garden Club, said: “We were thrilled so many people visited our gardens, especially as the weather was a bit changeable in the morning. We would like to thank everyone who opened their gardens on the day and all the visitors who helped us raise even more than in previous years for this wonderful local charity.”

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to Bretforton Garden Club and to everyone involved in this open gardens and plant sale event. St Richard’s provides specialist support to patients at the end of their lives and supports their families, and we are grateful to everyone who raises funds to help us continue to care.”