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Gardeners dig deep for good cause

A Family Funday last weekend at the Gardeners Arms on Hollin Lane (Middleton) has raised over £1,000 for Springhill Hospice.

A sunny Sunday brought out people of all ages to support the event which was the idea of Middleton local, Rachel Buckley in memory of her mum, Mary.

Activities included a barbecue, face painting, bucking bronco, inflatable darts and a disco dome. Raffle prizes, including a 42 inch television, were donated by local companies.

Pictured with Gardeners Arms landlady, Valerie Armitage, Rachel said, “I wanted to say thank you for the excellent care that mum received at the Hospice and I’m so grateful to everyone who helped to organise the day and make it such a success. It feels so good to be able to give something back to such a wonderful place like Springhill.”

“We can’t thank Rachel and everyone at the Gardeners Arms enough for their support,” said Hospice Community Support Fundraiser, Barbara Lloyd. “This is a huge amount of money to raise in just one day and the generous donations from the people of Middleton, and the many companies from across the borough, will help us to continue to provide free care for our patients, their families and carers.”