Is your garden peaceful and beautiful? Quirky or surprising? Or just a lovely place to share?
If you have a garden you are proud of, why not show it off to friends, family and local visitors, and help raise vital funds and awareness for local charity, Care for Veterans?
Choose a date and time that is best for you and allow guests to access your garden in exchange for a donation to the charity. You might like to put on some refreshments, chat to other keen gardeners about your shared interests, or simply just allow visitors to appreciate the beautiful surroundings.
Care for Veterans will support you. They will provide you with information about the charity to display, help with publicity and even provide more money-making ideas for the event, if you would like them.
Fundraising Manager at Care for Veterans, Antonia Shepherd, explains,
“Open Gardens is a really simple but effective way to support our charity. By inviting people into your garden to peruse, enjoy some refreshments and chat, you are also helping to raise money for our disabled veterans. Not only that, but it helps to promote the work we do here at Care for Veterans, and allows us to reach more people in the local community who may need our care, or who might like to support us.”
If you are interested in holding your own Open Garden, contact Antonia on 01903 218444, or visit the Care for Veterans website.
Notes to Editor:
Care for Veterans (formerly The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home) was established in 1919 – the charity celebrates its centenary this year.
Care for Veterans is a registered charity, providing care and rehabilitation for physically disabled ex-Service personnel and their families. Our residents’ needs are complex and many have multiple disabilities. Many have an Acquired Brain Injury and some have neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis. Others are paralysed or do not have use of their limbs and some are terminally ill. We support on average 140 residents a year.
We care for up to 60 residents at any one time.
Our residents are aged between 33 and 100.
Our residents represent the tri-services: Royal Navy, Army and RAF.
Services at Care for Veterans include nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, an active social and recreation department, rehabilitation kitchen, a chaplaincy service, counselling, IT facilities, a rehabilitation garden, sensory room, coffee shop and function room and regular outings on our specially adapted coach.
With no regular government funding, Care for Veterans must raise over £1.9 million each year to maintain its nursing and rehabilitation services for ex-Servicemen and women.