Young footballers give Sussex MS Centre garden kick start for spring

Young footballers visited Sussex MS Centre in Southwick with one goal in mind, sprucing up their garden for spring.

A team from Southwick 1882 Youth FC joined garden designer Kate Orchard, a volunteer at the MS centre, and Owen Alvares, botanical horticulturist from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, for a day of gardening.

Kerry Stanton, club secretary, said they did an amazing job weeding, raking, mowing, clearing and sowing seeds.She added: "We have all really enjoyed helping out. We are proud to call ourselves a community club not just a football club. Here's to the next volunteering day."

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Southwick 1882 Youth FC at Sussex MS Centre with garden designer Kate Orchard and Owen Alvares, botanical horticulturist from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, for a day of gardening

Kate, who runs Orchard Gardens, said many of the team were gardening for the first time and they did great work.

She added: "We’re really excited to help with the Sussex MS Centre garden. We hope in time this will add to the important healing work they already do."

Emily-Jane Stuttard, centre manager, thanked everyone for their help.

She added: "We are excited to have the garden spruced up and to be working with local community partners. Many hands made light work of a spring clean.

"It was a really satisfying morning, with everyone working very hard. We really appreciate it and we are looking forward to having the club back another day."