Trustee and Secretary Lin Blunt and husband Darren together with neighbours Bill and Roz Harris hosted an open garden with afternoon teas at their homes in Great Baddow, Chelmsford on Saturday June 6th.
Huge thanks to Bill and Roz who worked tirelessly over the past two weeks to have everything ready and looking wonderful.
A fabulous sunny day brought everyone out for the afternoon and the Buddhist prayer flags clearly identified where the open gardens were in the street..
A wide range of plants grown by Lin ( as well as donations from others including Thady Barrett) were sold with great advice from Thady and Jean Watson who came to help. The plant sales raised a staggering £606.87.
Afternoon tea was organised by Roz with daughters Carla and Rene and help from Naomi
to serve the fantastic selection of cakes donated by many friends, as well as strawberries kindly donated by Chris Newenham at Wilkin and Sons, Tiptree. Visitors managed to eat their way through £343.20 worth of tea and cakes during the afternoon!
Upon entering the second garden, Brian ensured everyone bought raffle tickets, which raised £152.00 on the day. The donated prizes were a superb specimen Japanese Maple as well as a Hydrangea courtesy of Provender Nurseries, Kent, Dinner for two at Jasmin Indian Restaurant, Great Baddow, Riding lesson from Chelmsford Equestrian Centre, Great Baddow, £10.00 Gift Token from Lathcoats Farm Shop, Great Baddow,
Two pairs of secateurs from Abercorn Garden Centre, Great Baddow and finally, a bottle of wine and box of chocolates from Brian Cairns.
A tremendous thank you to all those who donated prizes to make this possible. The raffle will be drawn on June 21st after Writtle Gardens open.
In addition donations of £90.00 were collected and Gift Aid forms completed will mean the charity can reclaim tax of £135.00,
This brings the grand total raised in the afternoon to £1,403.80.
Not only was this sum much more than could have been anticipated, it was a fabulous afternoon for all just relaxing and enjoying some early summer sun at last (including Harry who had the best time!) .
Thanks to all friends, neighbours, Jan and IVC members, and visitors for joining us in our gardens and helping us raise funds for our charity and the people who are dear to us in Gorkha.
Only through the support of people in the UK can we help to support the people who need it most in Gorkha.