Somerset gardeners grow support for hospice St. Margaret’s Hospice was delighted to host a celebration event at Brympton House, near Yeovil, to thank the Somerset gardeners who kindly opened their gardens, allotments and farms this summer to raise vital funds totalling £16,600 for the hospice. The use of the venue and gardens was kindly donated by the owners, and was enjoyed by this year’s participating gardeners along with the volunteers who had supported them on their open days. Each garden owner and volunteer received a thank you certificate, presented by Marisa Lovell-Fox, Head of Fundraising at St. Margaret’s Hospice, who said: “We are humbled by the generosity of the garden owners in the Somerset and Sherborne community, who have so kindly allowed people to share their beautiful gardens, and enjoy tea and cake, while raising essential funds needed to keep our services free and accessible to local people. We have been overwhelmed by the donations received this season, which show an increase of £7,000 from the previous year.” Coordinator Susan Bickle added: “We had an amazing response to our Glorious Somerset Gardens season this year, with a variety of different visits available, from small courtyard gardens to large woodland and lakes, with allotments and farms in between. All of the donations raised from the garden visits are used to support local patients and families in Somerset and the Sherborne area of Dorset. “We are keen to hear from anyone who would like to take part in the 2019 season either to open their garden, allotment, orchard or farm, or to offer help as a garden volunteer. There are many ways to support the scheme, even if you are unable to open a garden, such as having a plant sale, serving refreshments at your local flower show, or having a scarecrow trail in your village. We are also seeking local businesses who would like to advertise in our 2019 Glorious Somerset Gardens brochure or donate a prize to the raffle.” St. Margaret’s Hospice is all about making each day count for their patients, families and carers – if you would like to be part of making this happen through the Glorious Somerset Gardens programme, please contact Susan Bickle, Fundraising Volunteer Coordinator, for more information on 01935 709182 or 07736 886145 or by email on [email protected].