havens hospices’ thank gardeners with afternoon tea at little havens


15 August 2017

On Thursday 10th August, Little Havens Hospice hosted an Afternoon Tea to thank the gardeners who helped raise over £4500 at Havens Hospices’ first annual Open Gardens event. 

Denise Bradford who volunteered with Havens Hospices specifically to organise and help at the event was also invited to Afternoon Tea to thank her and celebrate the result of all her hard work.

The event which was officially opened by the Chairman of Rochford District Council, Cllr Mrs Lesley Butcher was a huge success with over 350 gardening enthusiasts paying £5 to follow the trail on the day and many of the gardens on the trail also held their own fundraising events from refreshment stalls to selling homemade honey; raising a grand total of £4562.47. All money raised throughout the day and from programme sales went to Havens Hospices so we can continue to be there for everyone who needs us for as long as we’re needed. 

Claire Wilson Community Fundraiser at Havens said

“The event was a great success and we are so grateful to everyone involved, the money raised will truly be helping us fulfill our promise of ‘Making every day count.’

Havens Hospices can only exist because of the kindness of our supporters; so we wanted to do something special to thank everyone who opened their stunning gardens and Denise for all her help in the run up to the event and on the day.  Without them all the day wouldn’t have been such a great success. We are very much looking forward to next year!”

Nurse Jean Abbott opened her garden in Ashingdon and held a book sale, tombola and sold refreshments to help raise vital funds for Havens Hospices.

Jean said

“It is so difficult to put into words what a great day we had; we were busy from beginning to end and all our visitors were lovely and so complimentary of the garden.  The tombola was particularly popular and sold out early, we also sold quite a few books and refreshments which was a fantastic as we wanted to raise as much as possible for Havens Hospices. It’s lovely that Claire has organised this afternoon tea for us and the other gardeners, we can’t wait to open our garden again and I really hope that we can raise even more money for Havens Hospices next year!”

Anita Steed opened Little Brays in Rochford for the day. She said

“I was a little apprehensive about opening my gardens, but I needn't have been as we had a steady stream of guests all day who were very complimentary about my garden. Claire and Denise were a great help to me and all the other gardeners throughout the day so it was lovely to come today and celebrate all of our successes with each other.”

We are now looking for gardens for the 2018 Open Garden show. If you would like to participate in an event like this in the future, whether your garden is small and quaint or large, please contact Kerry on fradmin@havenshospices.org.uk or call 01702 220 305.

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