Fundraising garden in Bishopstone has its best year ever

Area fundraising manager Rob Moon (left) with Driftwood owner Geoff Stonebanks and garden visitors.

Area fundraising manager Rob Moon (left) with Driftwood owner Geoff Stonebanks and garden visitors.

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A series of open garden events held at Driftwood in Bishopstone have helped raise a staggering £8,900 this year for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Owner Geoff Stonebanks said it was his most successful year in five years of opening his garden to the public in aid of good causes.

An amazing 1,045 visitors spent more than £6,000 on the art which was on display during the events and helped raise more than £1,200 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Geoff said: “It has been an exhausting summer with all the events in the garden, but none of it could have been achieved without the invaluable help and support of a small group of dedicated individuals, notably, Mark Glassman, Richard Walsh, Celia Hughes, Diane Marquess, Clare Mayers to name but a few, not to mention the visitors themselves for donating money.”

Throughout the summer the garden saw more than 2,800 visitors.

Raffle tickets were sold to visitors to win prizes donated by the artists, which helped raise funds for Macmillan.

Geoff also organised a garden trail during August.

A total of £31,000 has been raised for charity during the last four years.

Area fundraising manager Rob Moon said: “I want to thank Geoff and everyone involved with the Driftwood Fundraising Group for their fantastic support, the money raised will go towards The Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre Appeal.”

Visit www.driftwoodbysea.co.uk