Under the watchful eye of Wilkland Geraldine 5th -a prize winning Jersey cow from Dover – two cheques, each for £4,220,09, were presented at Canterbury Cathedral on the 17 June 2014; and a further cheque for an identical amount has been sent to support gardening and nursing charities via the National Gardens Scheme (NGS).
The two charities that received the cheques were Pilgrims Hospices and Send a Cow. Pilgrims Hospices is a charity providing specialist hospice care for patients and families in East Kent, while Send a Cow helps African families out of poverty.
The money was raised through admission fees, the sale of plants, and catering at the Cathedral’s annual Open Gardens weekend, which took place over the late Spring Bank Holiday weekend, on the 24 and 25 May 2014. 1,755 people, a staggering number, attended the popular two day event and a record total of £12,398.89 was raised for the various charities.
The late spring Bank Holiday weekend weather was a mixed bag of sunshine and showers. The gates to all five beautiful historic Canonical gardens were open and visitors had the opportunity to explore and discover secret areas of the World Heritage Site. In addition to the gardens and green spaces, visitors had the rare opportunity to visit the Bastion Chapel in the Kent War Memorial Garden. A fine collection of classic cars was on display on the Green Court, and a mouth-watering variety of homemade cakes and tea were provided in the refreshments tent. A display of birds of prey took place near the Corona chapel, accompanied by the ever-popular bee keepers.
There was a sense of déjà-vu when we received the very generous cheque from the Cathedral Open Gardens weekend in May. I stood on the same spot two years ago when we were the lucky recipients of a similar donation and was, once again, upstaged by the lovely Jersey cow, Geraldine! The Open Gardens was the most successful yet and this was reflected in the wonderful amount of money that Pilgrims Hospices and Send a Cow received. A very big thank you to the Dean and Chapter for selecting our charity as a beneficiary again this year and to the generosity of the visitors to the Cathedral. It is truly a “win, win” situation that will hugely benefit our patients, their carers and their families.
Deborah Kellond, Regional Fundraising Manager, Pilgrims Hospice
£4220.09 will be doubled by the UK Government in its aid match funding. This is a terrific amount and more lives will be saved by using sustainable farming methods, enabling people to feed themselves. We are extremely grateful to all involved with the Open Garden Weekend, their hard work and commitment will help change lives, send their children to school and be independent. This is absolutely wonderful.
Susan Elliot, Volunteer South East Regional Co-ordinators, Send a Cow
In the Press
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‘Holy Cow!Livestock received Cheque at Canterbury Cathedral’ Canterbury Times (18/06/2014)