Carers Week always ends with a celebration of family carers and their contribution to our community…..and what a party we had this year! Over 320 carers, families and supporters helped to raise over £1,800 towards the garden maintenance at Beaverbrooks House. On the warmest day of the year so far, we were delighted to see the house and garden filled with laughter, fun and music.
For more photos, see the gallery at the bottom of this page.
The whole staff and volunteer team worked hard to make the afternoon a great success but we couldn’t have done it without our partners at Spire Fylde Coast Hospital. Their hospital director, Barbara Cummings; Business Development Manager, Joan Blackburn; plus the catering team all donated their time to source, cook and serve a delicious barbeque. They also provided a health check, although most of us declined the weighing scales!
We would not have such a well maintained garden without the wonderful Bernard Pendleton and his team from Myerscough College. In addition to leading a team of volunteer gardeners from Beaverbrooks the Jewellers, Bernard has spent many hours patiently helping our children with disabilities and their families to grow vegetables. Over the last week, he has spent three evenings in the garden at Beaverbrooks House, this on top of his day job at Myerscough College.
A big thank you to The Deputy Mayor of Blackpool, Cllr Gary Coleman who stayed for the whole event and really enjoyed chatting to our families. Both MPs took time away from their casework and we were delighted that Rob Frowen was able to receive his award from Charles Micklethwaite at the Christian Marsh Trust.
Thanks also to the Grand Theatre Choir, Martin Abott from CJTazz, Phil Swift, The Bikers and UDP Street Dance. Over the last few days and weeks, many of our carers and volunteers have worked very hard to make cakes and crafts to sell on the day, helping to smash our target of £500.
The highlight of the day was the opening of the Laurence Mitchell Garden. Laurence travelled from Devon along with his parents, Gill and Trevor. Laurence had the vision to see through the vast, overgrown area at the back of the building when the BBC team recruited him to the Big Build. He led the DIYSOS volunteer team and Nick Knowles in the development of a unique space for our families. He has also provided a five year plan for the garden; a blueprint from which we can work, to ensure that it is maintained to a high standard so that carers can enjoy this oasis of calm for many years to come.