Gardens to open for charity

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THE FRIENDS OF the Home Physiotherapy Service - first set up in East Sussex in 1948 - will benefit from the proceeds from several open gardens this summer.

First are eight Laughton gardens open on Sunday, June 10 from 11am-5pm including Mayfield House, The Old Vicarage and Little Acre Cottage on Church Lane. Entry to all cost just £6 and can be bought at any of the gardens, where a map will also be provided.

Highfield Farm, Lake Street, Mayfield opens on Sunday, July 1 from 2pm-5pm. It costs £4 to get into this three and a half acre sheltered garden with far-reaching views, azaleas, waterfall, fern walk, Monet bridge, white border, roses and pergola walk leading to a cottage garden.

Friends of the Home Physiotherapy Service have worked with the NHS supporting community physios and their patients since 1976. They have raised more than £712,000 for equipment and salaries. They are sole providers of physiotherapy at home for the over 80s in Hastings and Rother, paediatric services in Uckfield, Peacehaven and the Ouse Valley plus equipment for teams in Hailsham, Eastbourne, Lewes, Newhaven, Uckfield and Crowborough. The money raised is spent on services with the bare minimum on overheads.