This year, for the first time Richard House Children’s Hospice will participate in the National Garden Scheme and will open its garden to the public on Sunday, 10th April from 2 to 5 pm.
Guests will be able to visit a series of individual areas around the hospice designed for the children and young adults in Richard House care and enjoy the area of silver leaved plants that was transferred from the Chelsea Flower Show in 2001. And those curious enough to want to explore the area further will have a chance to take a walk in the nearby woodlands.
The National Gardens Scheme was founded in 1927 by the Queen’s Nursing Institute, since when it has donated nearly £50 million to a group of national nursing charities. Funds are raised by visitors paying to attend open gardens and to enjoy home-made teas or buying plants and donated to the beneficiaries annually – in 2016 £2.7 million will be donated.
George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the NGS says: “The National Gardens Scheme has funded hospices for 20 years so we are delighted when an individual hospice offers to open its garden to visitors in order to support the NGS, as Richard House has generously done this year.” He went on to say ‘We know how important gardens are in hospices and this is one element of the link between gardens and health that the NGS is championing.’
“We are very happy to be taking part in the National Garden Scheme this year. Not only does it offer us an opportunity to raise extra funds for the children and families we support, but we also have the pleasure of welcoming visitors into our premises and introducing them to the important work that we do.” says Anna Bates, Head of Community and Events at Richard House.