Award-winning garden centre and farm shop Garsons of Titchfield has raised an amazing £6,914.60 for its charity of the year for 2019, Breast Cancer Haven plus a further £2,094.43 for donating ex-stock that was sold through Breast Cancer Haven.
The past 12 months have witnessed a brave team of Garsons staff completing a sponsored sky-dive over Hampshire, a fundraising tea party and the creation of a herb garden at the charity’s local Titchfield centre.
Recently, the annual appearance of two live reindeer in the run up to Christmas brought in more than 45% of the total figure.
Visitors were able to visit the majestic animals for free but encouraged to give any spare change into collection buckets near their enclosure. Funds were further boosted by charity boxes at the tills and donations made at the garden centre’s popular late-night festive shopping events.
“It has been a wonderful year of fundraising with Garsons, the staff have been so warm and friendly and proactive in getting involved from participating in our sky dive to taking part in our Blossom Fashion Show as a fashion retailer, plus it was a delight to meet their reindeer. The money raised will help us to support even more people affected by breast cancer going through a really tough time,” says Sarah Woods, corporate fundraising officer for Breast Cancer Haven Wessex.
The charity’s local Titchfield centre has supported more than 1,200 local people affected by the disease since opening in 2015. With its team of cancer-trained therapists and volunteers, it hosts classes and workshops, offering a range of free therapies from emotional counselling to hypnotherapy and scar tissue massage.
“It has been a privilege to support this amazing charity right on our doorstep and a huge thank you to our customers for being so generous and helping us achieve this fantastic total,” says Garsons charity coordinator, Rachael Rogers.
Breast Cancer Haven Wessex is one of just five centres throughout the UK. There are no geographical restrictions to use its services and no need for a doctor’s referral.
To find out more about Breast Cancer Haven Wessex, visit its website www.breastcancerhaven.org.uk/wessex