Charity garden day raises thousands

Garden Party for St Barnabas Hospice
Garden Party for St Barnabas Hospice

GREEN-FINGERED party-goers helped to raise £3,426.42 for St Barnabas House at a garden party celebrating the hospice’s 40th anniversary.

Terry Gould, along with family and friends, organised and ran the gardening themed party in Steyning. Terry has been fundraising for St Barnabas since 2011, and it has been a real team effort with his two eldest sons taking part in last year’s St Barnabas Inca Trek and his two other grandchildren doing a sponsored event.

The family’s efforts are in memory of Mary Gould, Terry’s wife, who was cared for by St Barnabas but sadly died in 2011.

Terry said: “We received lots of much loving care from St Barnabas prior to losing my wife Mary to thyroid cancer in May, 2011.

“St Barnabas looked after her so wonderfully well during those last terrible weeks and we will always appreciate all the loving help that they provided during that very difficult time.

“We cannot speak too highly of them. Our commitment is to help fund their work for others in the future.”

This year, the family chose to do something different and focused on a community-based event, which they began planning eight months ago. The day involved Zumba dancing, Irish dancing, a raffle, garden products to buy and gardening experts on hand to answer any horitcultural questions. It was believed that 600 people turned up during the day.

Terry added: “It was very well attended and people responded and joined in magnificently. One of the garden centres had to send back for more stock. The raffle itself contributed over £1,700 and we sold raffle tickets as far afield as Wales and Yorkshire. There really was tremendous support all round and particularly locally, I think, as St Barnabas is seen as a special place and has touched so many people in our area.

“One of the lovely nurses that looked after Mary also came along as we had made good friends with her.

“We were also delighted to have Hugh Lowson, chief executive of St Barnabas, join us and draw the first ticket for the raffle.”

St Barnabas focuses on giving high-quality palliative care to anyone with life-limiting illness. It costs £5million each year to run the hospice, with only a small part of these costs state funded and the rest coming through donations.

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