Staffs garden open days to help Alzheimer’s Research UK funds blossom

A green-fingered couple from Staffordshire are inviting people to enjoy the picture-postcard splendour of their cottage garden this summer to boost funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Posted on 19th June 2014

A green-fingered couple from Staffordshire are inviting people to enjoy the picture-postcard splendour of their cottage garden this summer to boost funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK. For the 23rd year running, Margaret and Peter Hargreaves, of Barton-under-Needwood, are holding a series of open days at Grafton Cottage as part of the National Gardens Scheme. In that time they have raised nearly £60,000 for various charities, including around £8,000 for the UK’s leading dementia research charity. The first open day this year will be on Sunday 29 June.

Last year the keen gardeners, whose skills won the praise of Alan Titchmarsh on ITV’s Love Your Garden in 2011, raised over £1,100 for Alzheimer’s Research UK as hundreds of people flocked to explore their dazzling borders, subtly-coloured summer blooms, old fashioned roses, sweet peas and lilies. As in previous years, the couple will be donating a quarter of this year’s total to the dementia research experts.

Margaret, a hairdresser, and Peter, an accountant at Smith Cooper in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, will be serving cream teas and scones, and visitors will be able to sample their jam, made from home-grown produce. Margaret also sells a selection of plants she has propagated and can be found growing in the garden.

Margaret explained her motivation for holding the open days and supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK’s groundbreaking dementia research:

“We can’t wait to welcome people to our garden once again this year. It’s constantly evolving and we really try and improve on it each year. Our main focus is perfume and colour, and people always compliment us on both. As well as being able to explore the garden, I think people enjoy the social aspect of it. It’s a great day out and a wonderful chance to support various charities, including the dementia research experts, Alzheimer’s Research UK.”

Margaret added:

“As a hairdresser, some of the clients I come into contact with have dementia. It’s heartbreaking to see how the condition can rob people of their memories. Our open days are a lot of hard work, but knowing the money we raise will help the search for new treatments makes it all worthwhile.”

Jodie Vaughan, Community Fundraising Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“Margaret and Peter have already made such a valuable contribution to our work through their previous open days and it’s fantastic that, once again, they’ve chosen to support vital dementia research. Every £20 they raise will pay for an hour of pioneering research, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

“There are nearly 12,000 people living with dementia in Staffordshire, yet research into the condition is desperately underfunded compared to other serious diseases. We rely on our wonderful supporters like Margaret and Peter to fund our world-class research.”

Grafton Cottage, in Barr Lane, Barton-under-Needwood, will open from 11.30am-5pm on Sunday 29 June, Sunday 20 July, Sunday 3 August and Sunday 10 August. Entry is £3 for adults, while children go free. For more information or to arrange a group booking, call Peter and Margaret on 01283 713639.

For more information about Alzheimer’s Research UK, or to find out more about fundraising for the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org

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