Award-winning garden centre and farm shop, Garsons of Titchfield, has chosen its near neighbour, the Breast Cancer Haven, as its charity of the year for 2019.
The national charity’s Titchfield centre has supported around 800 local women, men and families who have been 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.
“We are delighted Garsons has decided to support us for the year - every £1,000 raised will help one person living with the challenges of breast cancer,” says Sarah Woods, corporate fundraising officer for Breast Cancer Haven Wessex. “When people come to us, they say they feel like arms have been wrapped around them and a weight has come off their shoulders.”
Collection tins for the charity have arrived at the Garsons tills and fund-raising will also take place at its annual summer food fair and late-night shopping events.
Six members of staff are already interested in taking part in a sponsored sky dive in June, and next month (March) Garsons will be taking part in the charity’s Big Tea Cosy event – raising funds by hosting a staff tea party.
“This is an amazing charity right on our doorstep and is front of mind for many of our customers and staff,” says Garsons charity coordinator, Rachael Rogers. “We are very proud to be supporting them and look forward to an exciting year of fundraising to help make a difference.”
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
Photo caption: Sheena Rugg, Garsons Sales Assistant, Sally Hillyear, Fundraising Manager, Sarah Woods, Corporate Fundraising Officer