Stunning 'virtual' gardens open up for HospiceCare North Northumberland

HospiceCare North Northumberland has taken its hugely popular open gardens event behind closed doors.

Sunday, 28th June 2020, 6:00 am

The event has become a key fund-raiser for the charity over the last 12 years, with some 3,000 visitors a year exploring some of the most beautiful private gardens in Northumberland, kindly opened by their owners and with the support of hospice volunteers.

Since 2008 the events have raised over £174,000 which has been generated from entrance fees, donations, cream teas and plant sales.

This incredible amount of money has contributed towards the delivery of in excess of 7,000 hours of our specialist Hospice at Home Services in north Northumberland.

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Virtual open gardens.

This year, due to coronavirus, it is organising virtual tours.

Rebecca Taylor, community & events fundraiser, said: “Because of Covid-19 everyone’s lives have changed since March and sadly we have had to cancel our open garden events.

“However, instead, we’re excited to bring you a virtual tour from the comfort of your own armchair.”

HospiceCare patron, Lady Joicey, has kindly agreed to introduce the Virtual Gardens 2020 tour which you can view by visiting https://www.hospicecare-nn.org.uk/ and clicking on the image of ‘Virtual Open Gardens’ on our main page.

The Pool House at Lilburn. Picture: Margaret Whittaker

John and Maggie Monaghan who opened their private gardens in Whitton in 2016 -2018 were more than happy to show their support and share images for the virtual campaign.

John said: “At this time the whole population is aware of the amazing dedicated work done by front line workers. The team at Hospice Care Northumberland have been quietly doing the same for years.

“They deal with personal and family tragedies on a daily basis. The confidence and support they give is immeasurable.

“When all seems hopeless they bring a quiet confidence to all situations. The hospice’s work is invaluable which is why Maggie and I support it in every way we can

A beautiful covering archway in Glanton.

“In our gardening we find peace and repose and love to share it with those who need these elements to help them in their hour of need.”

Donations to HospiceCare North Northumberland would be gratefully received.

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