Record amount of funds raised at open gardens

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More than £10,000 has been raised for a north Northumberland hospice thanks to a number of open-garden events.

Every summer a series of gardens at prestigious homes across the county are opened up in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland.

And this year, the charity’s fund-raising team has already beaten its target, raising the biggest sum yet, with one event still to come.

So far £10,222 is in the bank from donations and entry fees paid at Blagdon Hall, Mindrum House, Glanton Pyke and Shawdon Hall.

Rebecca Taylor, events and community fund-raiser at the hospice, said: “We wish to thank all our supporters who have helped us raise this fantastic amount by visiting our Open Gardens this year.

“We are thrilled with the amount raised for HospiceCare, allowing us to continue providing our services to the local community in north Northumberland.”

The last of the open gardens is on Sunday, July 28, at Lilburn Towers from 1pm to 5pm. Entry is £3.50 and children are free.

Almost £1,000 was also raised at a Night at the Musicals event at The Plough last week.

Julie Frost, HospiceCare marketing co-ordinator, said: “This was a unique and incredibly special event which had a magical feel to it.

“All the performers gave up their time to support HospiceCare, which included many, many hours of rehearsals before the evening.”