Gardeners dig deep to help hospice

Over the summer green fingered supporters opened up their beautiful gardens to friends, family and neighbours in order to raise funds for St Helena Hospice.

A total of 18 gardens were opened across north Essex between April and September, including one with its very own miniature railway! The events proved to be a lot of fun and raised £3,259.73 through donations, raffles and selling delicious cakes on the day. 

The Skinny Jean Gardener, Lee Connelly, known for his weekly podcasts and contributions on Blue Peter and Radio One, was one of the willing participants and raised a fantastic £372 to help St Helena Hospice to continue to provide hospice care to the local community.

Lee said “I really enjoyed running my first open garden – it brought my friends, family and neighbours together for one afternoon to raise money for a great cause. The whole experience was so easy and a lot of fun. Everyone got involved to make it awesome, and I will be sure to be planning my next one very soon!”

St Helena Hospice would like to say a huge thank you to all of this year’s participants who opened their gardens this summer. If you like the idea of getting to know your neighbours a little better and showing off the fruits of your labour to your local community, get in touch by emailing and find out how you can get involved next year!

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