July 28 2014 Latest news:
Friday, June 27, 2014
A record figure has been raised from a hidden gardens trail in aid of a hospice charity.
The Hidden Gardens of Bury, which was held in Bury St Edmunds on June 15, raised about £23,500 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
A total of 2,700 people turned out on the day to explore a wealth of gardens concealed behind walls and facades.
This year’s event, which is in its 21st year, had more than 35 gardens open to the public.
Jordan Hughes, St Nicholas Hospice Care community fundraiser, said: “This year’s Hidden Gardens raised a record amount, which is testament to the hard work of the organisers, volunteers who helped on the day and, of course, all those who opened their wonderful gardens to the public for the occasion.
“The hospice is very grateful for their support, and to the 2,700 people who visited on the day and helped to raise this fantastic sum.
“It costs £11,000 per day for the hospice to care for people facing life-shortening illnesses and their families, so donations such as this are vital.”
Sheila Blackmore, who is on the organising committee for the Hidden Gardens of Bury, said this year’s event had gone “really, really well”. “It was a really lovely day and it’s always a great atmosphere,” she added.
Elizabeth Hodder, of Gross & Co Solicitors which co-sponsors the event, said: “The day was overcast but footfall in the 37 participating gardens was excellent.”
There will be a post-event party on Tuesday for the gardeners and organisers and the cheque will also be presented to representatives of the hospice, which is based in the town.
Duttons Estate Agents also co-sponsored the event.