Neighbours open gardens to raise money for charity

Visitors enjoy one of the open gardens
Visitors enjoy one of the open gardens

GENEROUS residents opened their gardens to visitors on June 2, and raised nearly £2,000 for a cancer charity.

People living in Ghyllside Avenue, Ghyllside Drive, Parkstone Road, Hickman Way and Richborough Close saw more than 200 people come to their fundraiser in aid of Macmillan.

The highlight of the day was the chance for people to view an underground air raid shelter in one of the gardens.

Julie Henty, of Ghyllside Avenue, together with Sue Nice, organised the event.

She said: “We raised just under £2,000 and donations are still coming in. This is the second year we have done this.

“It all started as a way to get the neighbours to talk and get to know each other in our cul-de-sac and it grew from there.

“It got so big we decided we would make it a money spinner for a good cause. We served nearly 200 ploughman’s lunches as we had more than 200 visitors.”