Published: May 2, 2017
Richard House opens gardens to the public
On Sunday sixty people visited our hospice grounds to view our 2.5 acres of gardens as part of National Garden Scheme.
Volunteer Derek James has maintained the gardens for the past nine years, creating a beautiful space for families, staff, volunteers and visitors to enjoy, with formal flower beds, a large wood-land area and special themed areas for children to enjoy.
Visitors included the Mayor and Mayoress of Barking and Dagenham and some of the participants who took part in the London Marathon for Richard House last weekend. Entertainment was provided by duo Heart & Soul and Carl Farrell, shop manager at one of the Richard House charity shops.
Volunteer Coordinator Trish McInerney, who organised the event with the National Garden Scheme said: “It is lovely to be able to share our lovely space with the public, many were surprised at just how big and how well-maintained our grounds are. I’m thankful to our eight volunteers who helped out, as well as Cater Plus who supplied cakes, tea and coffee which were sold to raise money for the hospice.
Pictured: Volunteer gardener Derek James, Mayor Eileen Keller, Mayoress Kira Keeler and Founder of Richard House Anthea Hare