The Alnwick Garden supports cancer charity after devastating theft

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The Alnwick Garden has stepped forward to support Gateshead cancer charity FACT (Fighting All Cancers Together), following the theft of over £1,300 worth of gardening and building supplies from its premises.

FACT had plants and equipment which were set to be used for planters and raised beds stolen in April.

After hearing about the break-in, The Alnwick Garden has donated raspberry plants, hawthorns, trellis, and planters to give FACT a solid foundation for its planned gardening activities.

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Mark Brassell, chief executive of The Alnwick Garden, said: “We were deeply saddened to hear about the theft and immediately wanted to help.

Ian McAllister of The Alnwick Garden loads up gardening supplies to deliver to cancer charity FACT.Ian McAllister of The Alnwick Garden loads up gardening supplies to deliver to cancer charity FACT.
Ian McAllister of The Alnwick Garden loads up gardening supplies to deliver to cancer charity FACT.

“Gardening and getting out in nature is not just about plants; it’s about healing and providing a sanctuary for those facing challenging times. We hope our donation will help FACT continue its invaluable work and restore some joy to the lives of those they support.”

FACT is actively looking for volunteers to continue offering non-clinical support to people living with cancer and raising awareness amongst adults and children across the North East. Anyone wishing to volunteer to help with the garden is welcome to get in touch.

Joanne Smith, founder and chief executive of FACT said: “We’re so grateful for The Alnwick Garden’s response, and we can’t thank the team enough.

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“If you’re currently looking for ways you can help people across our region living with cancer, or raise awareness of its signs and symptoms, we’d love to hear from you. Our volunteers are friendly, warm, and always excited to welcome a new face to the team.”

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