Media Release

Breast care unit benefits from open gardens event by £1,245

West Norfolk Breast Care Unit benefited by £1,245 after Wisbech St Mary Open Gardens had the most successful event in its 15-year history.

More than 300 visitors from Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk explored ten gardens normally hidden from the public. The £2,490 proceeds were split equally between the QEH unit and Wisbech St Mary Church Restoration Fund.

Organisers Jayne and Richard Walpole said: “It was a great success and a tremendous team effort.  All the garden owners had worked incredibly hard to put the finishing touches to their beautiful gardens in preparation and we would like to thank them all very much.”

Visitors enjoyed homemade cream teas, sandwiches, cakes and gallons of tea, as well as pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven.

Beautiful blooms, ponds and water features, cottage gardens, landscaped gardens, extensive cacti collection and falconry demonstrations attracted lots of interest and there was a popular “Ask An Expert” feature run by a panel of horticultural experts.

There was also nature quizzes, live music from the Beauvale Ensemble, raffles and plants sales. The church was also open and visitors enjoyed an organ recital and exhibition of local historical photographs.


Photo caption: The double cheque presentation by organisers of Wisbech St Mary Open Gardens event. Accepting the cheque on behalf of West Norfolk Breast Care Unit is (third left) QEH fundraising executive Laurence Morlaàs.

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