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Perrywood Garden Centre Tea Party Raises £1,350

Perrywood Tiptree held a charity tea party on Wednesday 10th August with all proceeds donated to Abberton Rural Training. An incredible £1350 was raised from ticket and raffle sales.

Sixty customers enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea of freshly-made sandwiches, scones and cakes served by the Perrywood team. Customers also had the chance to win raffle prizes which included food and drink hampers, houseplants, a gin tour and picnic hamper (the raffle alone raised £300!).

Perrywood has chosen Abberton Rural Training as one of their charities of the year. ART is an educational charity providing practical and skills training alongside therapeutic support and mentoring to the residents of Essex and surrounding areas. Courses have a particular focus on rural skills, including countryside and environment, horticulture, woodlands and land management.

Jacqui Stone, ART Chief Executive Officer comments, “What a wonderful afternoon raising a fantastic amount of money for our charity! We are so delighted with the support from Perrywood, not only with hosting this event, but also for their support with plants and materials for our participants to use for their learning, and for providing to us a highly skilled and effective Trustee, in their Operations Director, Tristan Bourne. Sixty people in Essex now know more about our charity, our work, and who we support, and connections made at the event mean that we now can help a couple of people identified with our programmes, and raise awareness of the issues facing so many vulnerable and isolated or disadvantaged people across our county.”

Louise Smith, Senior Communications Manager comments,” We are delighted to have successfully raised much needed funds for ART, a charity close to our heart at Perrywood. The tea party was a great opportunity for customers to learn more about the wonderful support the charity provides, as well as to enjoy an afternoon tea of course! It is amazing that every penny the event raised will go directly to the charity. We had some great feedback from our customers and it was lovely to see everyone leaving with a smile.”

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