TV actor accepts £35k cheque from garden centre as weekend of celebration begins

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A TV actor appearing in a new BBC drama accepted a £35,000 donation on behalf of Alzheimer’s Society - money raised by staff and customers of a Horsham garden centre.

Hillier Garden Centre, based in Brighton Road, was also celebrating the completion of a refurbishment programme, which has seen more jobs in Horsham Richard Hawley, who starred in BBC series The Vet, is appearing in ‘Mayday’, which premiers on Sunday March 3.

JPCT 010313 �35,175 Presented to Charity as Hillier Garden Centre starts celebration weekend. L to R TV actor Richard Hawley, star of the BBC series The Vet, Terry Clarke, garden centre manager at Hillier Horsham and Andy McIndoe managing director of Hillier. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 010313 �35,175 Presented to Charity as Hillier Garden Centre starts celebration weekend. L to R TV actor Richard Hawley, star of the BBC series The Vet, Terry Clarke, garden centre manager at Hillier Horsham and Andy McIndoe managing director of Hillier. Photo by Derek Martin

The cheque presentation kicked off a weekend of celebration for the centre, with children’s entertainment and special offers on Saturday March 2 and Sunday March 3.

Robert Hillier, chairman of Hillier, said: “What better way to celebrate our new developments than mark the hard work and generous nature of the customers and staff that helped us get here?

“This money was raised last year, while our refurbishment work was taking place and our colleagues and visitors clearly didn’t get distracted from our very worthy cause.”

The garden centre has seen improvements including a new foyer, a new roof which improves its eco-status, new plant centre and revamped Café Rowan.

Accessibility has also been improved and 30 new parking spaces have been created adjacent to the entrance.

Sixty jobs have been retained and a further 12 created, with more to come as the garden centre on

Brighton Road continues to grow.

For more information visit their website.

 

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