Former owner of Manor Nurseries Ann Lovejoy, 79, is inviting the public to join her at her Family Fun Day and Summer Craft Market on Sunday 16 July to raise money for local hospice St Barnabas House.
The event is being held in the stunning two acre garden of Ann’s home, Tree House, which is located on Honey Lane in Angmering.
There will be fun for all the family in the beautiful garden, which boasts a number of special trees including a giant redwood and gingko maidenhair tree, of which Ann is very proud.
As well as a BBQ, cakes and refreshments for sale, there will be a range of different craft stalls, a tombola, children’s games and activities, and a bouncy slide.
Ann is also opening her indoor swimming pool for the day, and there will also be an opportunity to see and hold the owls from Owls Out and About.
Ann is opening up her indoor swimming pool for the day.
In addition, there will be a photo booth run by Blue Dawg Entertainments as well as movie characters including Belle from Disney film Beauty and the Beast and Darth Vader from Star Wars.
Ann decided that all the money raised from the family fun day will go to St Barnabas House.
The hospice, based at Titnore Lane, Worthing, provides specialist palliative care to adults with life-limiting illnesses, both at the hospice and in the comfort of patients’ own homes across West Sussex.
Ann’s husband, Robert, sadly died of bowel cancer in 2015, and received visits from the St Barnabas House community nurses while Ann also received counselling from the hospice.
Explaining her reason for deciding to support St Barnabas, Ann said: “My husband Robert had bowel cancer for five years and most of the time he went up to London for treatment.
“The last time we went up they wanted to do an operation and put stints in around the obstruction. He had the operation which wasn’t successful, so they did another operation that wasn’t successful.
“He was in there for over a week and then he came home and had another fortnight before he died in Worthing Hospital. He was desperate to come home, but I really wanted him to go into St Barnabas.
“The St Barnabas nurses were seeing him and he was going to come home on the Monday, but unfortunately he died on the Sunday, so he never made it.
“I took a bit of interest in St Barnabas and kept in touch. I had some counselling there later on which was very good, and I thought it would be a nice local charity to support.”
“The garden is over 40 years old and my husband designed it,” she added. “We were both horticulturalists. We’ve had nurseries, including Manor Nurseries.”
At the age of 79, Ann still works three days a week after her son, who was running the family business, suffered from a stroke. She said: “It’s quite a lot for me really but I’ve managed. In a way I quite enjoy it because I’ve always loved the nursery. My father started it.”
Mary Bye, Fundraising Officer at St Barnabas House, said: “We are delighted that Ann has chosen to support us by donating the money she raises to the hospice. We hope the local community will come out to support the event in their numbers.”
Honey Lane Family Fun Day and Summer Craft Market will take place on Sunday 16 July between 11am and 5pm at Tree House, Honey Lane, Angmering, BN16 4AB.
Entrance fees are £2.50 for adults and £1.00 for children over 5 with under 5s free.