Open your gardens to support St Peter and St James Hospice in North Chailey

A hospice which helps people with life limiting illnesses is appealing for people to open their gardens and raise money.

St Peter and St James Hospice in North Chailey will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year and is hoping its Open Gardens event will be better than ever before.

Open Gardens 2015 runs from May 30 until September.

Carol Hughes, community fundraiser, said: “We are so grateful to our local community for its support for our Open Garden programme, to our garden openers, our volunteers and to the public for attending.

“The Open Gardens are great community events where you can see lovely gardens, enjoy home-made teas, meet with friends and support the hospice.

“Each year we need new gardens to help keep the programme appealing so if you would like to offer your garden during our 40th anniversary year, then please call me.”

The hospice is hoping that this year will be even more successful with a guaranteed 40 gardens taking part to mark its 40th anniversary.

Last year’s Open Garden programme raised an impressive £25,000 for the hospice.

Gardens ranged from luxurious estates and herb gardens to themed settings and trails.

St Peter and St James Hospice is encouraging everyone to get involved and all types of gardens are welcomed.

All the hospice services are free of charge to patients and loved ones and St Peter and St James relies on its local community for 86 per cent of its funds. A total of 14 per cent of funding comes from the Government.

The hospice needs to raise more than £2.6 million every year through fundraising and that works out as £7,200.

If you would like to open a garden or want to know more, contact Carol Hughes in fundraising on 01444 471598 by February 13 2015.