Kind donation after items stolen from fundraising garden in Bishopstone

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New buoys have been donated to a Bishopstone man to replace some recently stolen from his fundraising seaside themed front garden.

Geoff Stonebanks, of Marine Drive, who has raised thousands of pounds through opening his garden to visitors, discovered the theft of three buoys over the last bank holiday weekend.

He was particularly upset to lose a blue oblong lifebuoy given to him by his neighbour Phillip Noel, who died aged 94 in January.

When friend Andy Foulkes heard about the theft he contacted a friend at Newhaven Port and Paul Stevens from Newhaven Port Authority agreed to replace two.

Geoff said:”I was so pleased that I was put in touch with Paul by a friend of his, Andy Foulkes.

“He was so generous in agreeing to replace the stolen buoys and providing some heavy marine rope into the bargain as well.

On June 1 the garden will open its gates again for the 2013 season and visits can be made by appointment until September 7.

And on June 15 and 16 there is an open weekend for the National Gardens Scheme with four other gardens open from 11am to 5pm for £5 for all gardens.

Visitors can donate to Macmillan at