Follers Manor opens garden for Children’s Hospice

On Sunday 30 June, Anne and Geoff Shaw opened their spectacular garden at Follers Manor in Alfriston and raised £3,600 for Chestnut Tree House. This is the fourth year Anne and Geoff have held the Open Garden for their local children’s hospice, and the event also coincided with their ‘Pay for a Day’ at Chestnut Tree House, where they covered the cost of all the hospice’s care services for 24 hours (£6,850). 

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Over 400 visitors came along and enjoyed the award-winning garden, which has featured on the cover of English Garden magazine, as well as on TV shows such as Gardeners’ World. As well as the opportunity to explore the garden, including the redeveloped meadow area, visitors had the chance to meet the much-loved children’s author, Jacqueline Wilson, who attended and signed books for fans.

The £3,600 raised at Follers Manor Open Garden will pay for over half a day of all Chestnut Tree House’s care services – both at the House and in families’ own homes across East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire.

Anne Shaw said, “We are delighted to support Chestnut Tree House by opening our gardens and help raise not only much-needed funds but also vital awareness. We are thrilled that so many people enjoyed the gardens and donated so generously.”

Juliette MacPherson, Fundraising Development Manager said, “We really appreciate all the hard work that Geoff, Anne and the gardeners, Steve and Julia, put into the gardens, especially the new meadow garden. It was wonderful seeing so many people enjoy the day. The money raised will make a real difference to the children and families we care for, and on behalf of Chestnut Tree House, I would like to thank everyone who attended, as well as all the volunteers who made cakes for us or helped on the day.”

Chestnut Tree House provides care and support to around 300 children with life-shortening conditions and their families across Sussex and South East Hampshire, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes. The cost of providing this service is over £3.9 million per year, yet the hospice receives less than 6% central government funding so relies on the generosity and support of the community to continue providing vital care to local children and families.