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Glorious gardens raises thousands for hospice

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 November 2018

Gardeners across Kent opened their gardens to the public and held private events as part of a Gravesend-based charity’s Glorious Gardens programme. Picture: Katherine Barnes

Gardeners across Kent opened their gardens to the public and held private events as part of a Gravesend-based charity’s Glorious Gardens programme. Picture: Katherine Barnes

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Gardeners across Kent opened their gardens to the public and held private events as part of a Gravesend-based charity’s Glorious Gardens programme.

The initiative was started by hospice charity Ellenor, and has raised hundreds of thousands for families and their loved ones since it began in 2000.

Participant Vanessa Jeans said: “I worked for Ellenor as an on call GP and got to know the charity through that, which gave me a huge respect for the work they do. My godmother died from cancer and spent her last days with us - Ellenor were so helpful to her.

“I take part in Glorious Gardens as I love working in the garden and I get a tremendous pleasure from other people enjoying the garden as much as I do.”

Ellenor provides specialist palliative and end of life care for babies, children and adults with life limiting and life threatening conditions, as well as support for their families.

Serving a population of approximately 1 million across Kent and Bexley, the charity relies heavily on fundraising to continue providing its essential services, which cost £6.9million every year.

Katherine Barnes, Ellenor fundraising manager, said: “A huge thank you to all of our wonderful gardeners who share their gardens to raise money for Ellenor and our army of volunteers who help at each event.

“We want our event to continue to grow and are keen to welcome more gardens to join the programme in 2019.

“We’d encourage anyone to take part – you could host a small private event for friends, families or colleagues or open up to the wider public.” If you would like more information on our Glorious Gardens programme please visit https:ellenor.org/glorious-gardens.

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