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Millbrook Garden Centres raise over £14,000 for charity

Staff at The Millbrook Garden Company presented their latest cheque for nearly £6,000 to ellenor.  ellenor, formerly known as chYps, provides children hospice at home in West Kent.

(From left to right) Suzie Vague, Plant Area Manager, John Simms, Garden Centre Assistant, Sarah Neve, Garden Centre Assistant Manager at Millbrook, Crowborough present the latest cheque for £5,944 on behalf of all the Millbrook Garden Centres to Angela Ward, ellenor (formerly chYps) Area Fundraiser.

(From left to right) Suzie Vague, Plant Area Manager, John Simms, Garden Centre Assistant, Sarah Neve, Garden Centre Assistant Manager at Millbrook, Crowborough present the latest cheque for £5,944 on behalf of all the Millbrook Garden Centres to Angela Ward, ellenor (formerly chYps) Area Fundraiser.

The company, which has Garden Centres in Gravesend and Staplehurst and Crowborough, donated another £5,944 to ellenor which will be added to the money raised through their support of ellenor events, the Garden Centre collection pots and buckets and their Just Giving Pages over the past two years, giving a grand total of £14,282.06.

Tammy Woodhouse, Managing Director of The Millbrook Garden Company, said:

We are really pleased to have raised so much money for such a great cause.  This is the most money we have ever raised for our chosen charity.  We have been busy fund raising through our events and collection boxes since 2013.  Things like swimming in a freezing swimming pool for the Sponsored Chilli Dip, our staff recipe book, and the sponsored walk between our Garden Centres at Crowborough and Gravesend have all contributed to the total and have been memorable events!

We would like to thank all our customers who donated any money throughout the period. ellenor is such a worthy cause as it provides full hospice care for children at home.

ellenor, is a charity funded by the generosity of the local community, its Children’s Hospice Care, formerly known as chYps, is provided in the comfort of the family home and spans across North and West Kent and the London Borough of Bexley.

Angela Ward, Area Fundraiser at ellenor said:

We are so grateful to Millbrook for supporting the charity. Thanks to everyone who helped raise such a fantastic amount.

We are Kent’s only children’s hospice at home, and as a charity we rely on the generosity of the local community to be able to provide vital end-of-life, respite and cancer care to seriously ill babies, children and young people.

With the fund raising success for ellenor over the past couple of years, Millbrook are now determined to raise as much as possible for their new chosen charity, Hospice in the Weald.  Another local charity offering varied but integrated services for people with a terminal illness, their families and carers in the communities of West Kent and Northern East Sussex.  They need to raise over £6million every year to provide these vital services.  It is a charity close to the heart of one of the Millbrook members of staff whose sister sadly died this year and was supported by the Hospice in the Weald.

Fund raising events for Hospice in the Weald have already been planned by Millbrook including a staff team walking in the Moonlight Walk in Tunbridge Wells on 20th June and a Classic Car Rally on 26th July stopping at Millbrook, Staplehurst for a mid-morning coffee break.

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