Open gardens event raises money for the WiSH Upon A Star appeal
Seventeen gardens open, along with 14 craft stalls displaying their wares and a flower festival have all helped to boost the funds of My WiSH Charity.
The Hundon Gardening Club held the event in the village helping to raise a total of £1,456 with the funds being equally split between the WiSH Upon A Star appeal, which targets the enhancement of care for children being treated at the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
The gardens ranged from large and small with one featuring a working train set and two others having a studio painting show and a music show.
Two mini buses were used to ferry people to the outlying gardens while the craft stalls, which ranged from soft toys to 3D cards and the flavoursome Hundon honey to clocks and candles, was held in the village hall with the flower festival in Hundon Parish Church.
The event was hailed a big success by open gardens secretary Julie Starling who said that the unique model railways took up most of the tiny garden where it was situated.
“It was up on a raised bed in this tiny garden with most of it taken up by the train set.
“We also had cottage gardens and big gardens that look across fields, in fact we had a great variety for people to visit,” she said.
The club, which numbers just over 50 members, meets one a month in the village hall and runs the open gardens event once every two years.
And they chose the two charities after questioning people in the village through the Hundon Herald.
It resulted in eight different charities being nominated with the final say going to the garden owners and the volunteers.
“And those were the two which got the most votes and it’s great that we can do something like this to support local charities,” added Julie.
The WiSH Upon a Star appeal, which is run by the hospital charity My WiSH, was launched in 2017 and support for it has grown.
It has helped to purchase a number of items including new baby cots which are specifically targeted at caesarean section mums, an Accuvein for the children's outpatient department which shines a light on the patient highlighting their veins making it much easier to take blood or cannulate young patients, and a saturation monitor for the Rainbow Ward which monitors the oxygen saturation of the child's blood. Sue Smith, head of fundraising, said: “A big thank you to Julie and everyone at the Hundon Gardening Club for supporting us. This money will make such a difference to enhancing the care of our young patients.”
If you would like to support the WiSH Upon a Star appeal contact the fundraising team on 01284 712952 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Russell Cook
Pictured is Julie Starling with Sally Daniels, appeals manager.