A garden party for Save Our Hospice

Lyn and Jonathan (centre) with friends who helped out at the garden party for Save Our Hospice.
Lyn and Jonathan (centre) with friends who helped out at the garden party for Save Our Hospice.
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A Lancaster couple skipped a holiday to regenerate their garden which has raised money for Save Our Hospice.

Jonathan, 53, and Lyn Rutherford, 51, hosted a party to show off their garden, on Newlands Road, on Saturday, August 23.

Lyn and Jonathan's garden during the party for Save Our Hospice.

Lyn and Jonathan's garden during the party for Save Our Hospice.

They seized the opportunity to raise money in the process and were astounded after raising £750.

Lyn, a clinical support worker at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, said: “We just decided that this year we would get the garden sorted, we were going to go on a cruise and changed our mind.

“This is where we like to chill after a long shift at work. My family and work colleagues couldn’t wait to see this garden when we got it finished so we thought why don’t we do it for charity and we chose the hospice because we knew the appeal was going on.”

The garden party consisted of a cake and local produce sale, raffle, bric-a-brac, guess the teddy, goodie prizes and tea and coffee.

The Rutherfords raised the money for their garden party in one day from 10am-4pm.

Lyn said: “It was sunny, we were blessed, so everybody came.”

Lyn has always liked going to other garden events in the area and wanted to do a similar thing.

She said: “I’ve seen a few people open their gardens up in Silverdale for charity, it is a lovely idea. We hope it makes other people think well I could do that for charity.”

The couple where overwhelmed by support received on the day.

Jonathan, who works in security at Lancaster University, said: “We had phone calls congratulating us, it is overwhelming and we would like to thank everybody who helped and contributed.”

Lyn said: “It was such a success and everybody wanted to come. The generosity was lovely. I would like to thank Janet and Tony, our neighbours, Ann and John Sugden, Nicole Sugden, Julie Hartley, Debbie Middlehurst and Amy Tennant. We couldn’t have done it without them.”