Gardeners offer help to hospice

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GREEN-FINGERED fund-raisers have raised £4,300 for a good cause.

Durham-based St Cuthbert’s Hospice ran a competition to encourage residents across the county to throw open their gardens to raise cash for the cause.

The Open Gardens event saw people hold garden parties, give hints and tips to visitors, sell plants and refreshments and showcase the fruits of their labour.

A total of 21 gardens opened, including 13 in Shincliffe village.

Jade McArdle, hospice community fund-raiser, said: “This year’s series of Open Gardens has been a resounding success and has raised a wonderful £4,300 for the hospice, which is enough to fund one day of care.

“This has been the biggest season of Open Gardens we’ve seen so far and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the campaign by opening their gardens or visiting gardens in the region.

“We’re hopeful that even more people will take part in the scheme in the years to come.”

The Open Gardens scheme will be running over the summer next year. To get involved, phone Jade on 386 1170.