Garsons has paid tribute to late Surrey schoolboy Fabian Bate by naming one of its bean fields after him.
The area of land will now be known as 'Fabian's Field' in memory of the 12-year-old who sadly passed away from leukaemia in 2014.
A keen gardener at the family home near Hampton Court, Fabian was a regular visitor to Garsons – and the organisation set up in his memory, Fabian’s Childhood Cancer Trust, is their nominated charity of the year.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to Garsons for the wonderful honour of naming one of their bean fields after him,” says Fabian’s mum, Lydia, who founded the charity with her father.
“Fabian would be so proud as Garsons was very close to his heart and he particularly enjoyed spending time in their pick-your-own fields. We have very special memories of his last summer and Fabian picking his own fruit and veg at Garsons. He loved being there.
“His favourite pastime was growing things. He had his own vegetable plot and was fanatical about growing, amongst other things, herbs. Even his name means ‘bean grower’ so the naming of the fields is very apt.”
At Fabian’s Childhood Cancer Trust, they offer support for families who have a child diagnosed with cancer. For example, as well as providing overnight goodie bags for parents staying at the children’s cancer unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, they also provide funding towards days out for the families.
In addition, they are raising funds for vital medical equipment as well as for research into the treatment of childhood leukaemia.
“I never had the pleasure of meeting Fabian but he was clearly a very special little boy who adored his gardening,” says director of Garsons, Ben Thompson. “We are delighted to pay tribute to him with this special naming of our bean field.”
The family-run business, which has been at the heart of the community for almost 150 years, supports a different charity every year.
For more information on Fabian’s Childhood Cancer Trust, visit their website at http://www.fabianstrust.org.uk/