Inclement weather dampens Open Gardens fundraising effort
1:59pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
GREEN-FINGERED members of the community enthusiastically opened up their gardens for the 17th Open Gardens Trail, but inclement weather meant proceeds from the popular event did not sprout as easily as in past years.
Heavy rain from the Saturday lunchtime on naturally deterred visitors from attending the event at the end of last month.
But those who did brave the rain were treated to eight beautifully manicured gardens, and the ever popular allotments.
The refreshments also proved popular as ever and the little shop set up was soon depleted of its homemade preserves and cakes.
The total raised so far stands at £3,089.60.
Proceeds typically exceed £5,000 annually.
Every penny goes to The Childrens Society, with no expenses taken out.
Ann Lush MBE, honourary vice president of The Childrens Society and chair of Penarth Fundraising Committee, said: “My thanks on behalf of The Childrens Society to all the gardens owners who generously give of their time to help raise vital funds for the children of this country who are suffering needlessly through poverty, devoid of a proper family unit, and without that all important word - love.
“Thanks also to all those who provided invaluable publicity, and to Paul Knight for all the printing of posters and tickets.
“And to those too who so generously donated raffle prizes.
“Thank you to all those members of the public who supported the event once again.”