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Gardeners’ green fingers raise healthy new Hospice total

Posted at 2:52pm Thursday 01 Apr, 2021

They say a change is as good as a rest, and that was certainly the case for Ōrewa Garden Club's recent annual fundraiser for Harbour Hospice.

After seven years at Hilary Ashcroft's Ōrewa home and garden, the club moved out of town to the hills above Waiwera for this year's event and ended up raising $1360 – almost double the usual total.

The day was held at Dee and Lloyd Farrand's property and included a floral hat parade, raffles, a shared lunch and a plant stall. Club treasurer Linda Mellor said she was amazed when she totted up the total raised by the 35 women.

“I couldn't believe it,” she said. “I added it up three times to make sure!”

She said Hospice was also thrilled, not least since many of their fundraising events had been cancelled due to the pandemic.

Linda was keen to thank raffle sponsors Gatmans, Fuchsia Hair Design, Animates, Nadia van Zyl and Chris Bone of Barfoot & Thompson, Gilmours and Outdoor Concepts.

As well as organising the annual garden fundraiser for Hospice, club members tend the gardens at the Whangaparāoa palliative care centre every Wednesday morning. Anyone interested in helping out in the Hospice gardens, or knowing more about Ōrewa Garden Club, can contact Linda Mellor on 027 614 0363 or email mellorsretreat@xtra.co.nz

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