Macmillan's Plant Fair Is Blooming Success
Sun shines on beautiful riverside garden as Chiswick committee raises £7,500 for charity
The Chiswick Committee of Macmillan Cancer Support held a very successful plant fair on 13 May in a beautiful riverside garden, raising an amazing £7,000. The sun shone and over 600 people came to buy plants, books, jams, marmalade and homemade cakes, and sat overlooking the Thames whilst enjoying coffee, teas and fancy cakes. Tombola with fantastic prizes, including restaurant vouchers and theatre tickets was a great success, contributing to the impressive final total.
Organised by gardening journalist Constance Craig Smith, a firm supporter of Macmillan, and Frances Hall of the Committee, the Fair was a wonderful event.
Gay Search, one of Britain’s most celebrated television gardeners, gave two container planting demonstrations. Gay is well known for her work with the late Geoff Hamilton, and for her groundbreaking series 'Front Gardens' on BBC2. She had many interesting and useful tips to impart.
Five days later, the Chiswick Committee was hard at work again organising the Annual Summer Tennis Tournament at Hartswood Lawn Tennis Club (31 Hartswood Road, Stamford Brook, W12 9NE). The day was perfect and there was fierce competition between 24 players, which resulted in winning prizes for Margaret Evans and Carolyn Wigoder and for runners-up Margaret Bailey and Sue Gareh. The committee produced, as always, a delicious lunch. The day raised a further £1,900 for Macmillan.
And there is more.... the committee will prepare their legendary canapés for Macmillan’s Annual Garden Party, to be held this year in a secret walled garden in Chiswick (the venue to be revealed to those who buy tickets) on Tuesday, 29 June from 7.00 – 9.00. The W5 Wind Quartet will once again provide musical diversions during the evening. Price of tickets is £40 per person (£75 for two) and includes Champagne, of course, as well as canapés. Please contact Sue Hagon, 4 Willmington Avenue, London W4 3HA (020 8994 0710) for tickets.
OTHER FUNDRAISING EVENTS PLANNED
29 June Garden Party in a secret walled garden in Chiswick
If you are interested in any of the above events, please contact Carol Woolner on 020 8994 4711
The money that the Chiswick Committee has raised will go towards funding a new palliative care senior nurse specialist post at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (comprised of Hammersmith, Charing Cross, St Mary’s, Queen Charlotte’s and Western Eye Hospitals). This role will be to:
May 25, 2010