Hospiscare Open Gardens event goes virtual as charity rethinks vital fundraiser due to Covid-19 pandemic

Hospiscare supporters can take a tour of glorious gardens without leaving the comfort of their own home after the charity had to rethink a popular annual fundraiser.

The cause, which supports terminally ill people and their families in Exeter, Mid and East Devon, has taken the event online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Its much-loved Open Gardens event will offer virtual tours from June 19 to July 3 with the public able to make a donation through JustGiving.

Last year’s record-breaking efforts boosted the charity to the tune of £30,000.

With its charity shops closed and fundraising events cancelled because of the Covid-19 crisis, Hospiscare says its finances have been ‘drastically impacted’.

A Hospiscare spokesperson said: “Community events such as the Open Gardens are needed now more than ever to help the charity continue to provide its essential care for people living with a terminal illness in the heart of Devon.

“Gardeners have had to work doubly hard this year; not only have they been working tirelessly in caring for their outdoor spaces, they have also taken on the challenge of creating videos and photos of their amazing gardens for us all to enjoy.

“In addition to the tours of supporters’ gardens, Hospiscare is delighted to announce that the Devon Sculpture Gardens and Powderham Castle will be supporting the event by providing virtual tours of their stunning grounds to share during the virtual gardens season.

“From the grandeur of Holcombe Court to the smaller, but equally well cared for, urban gardens on display, Hospiscare Open Gardens lets keen gardeners show off their wares and, although visitors cannot visit in person yet, the charity hopes that the public will enjoy the virtual garden tours.”

The cause relies upon the generosity of the local community to provide its services.

Financial support from the Government will help support it until June, but not in full.

The virtual Open Gardens event will run for a fortnight on Facebook.

Follow Hospiscare on Facebook or Twitter for updates or visit the charity’s website here.

If you would like to open your garden, contact Hospiscare on 01392 688063 and ask for Susie, who has managed the campaign for the last six years, and will be happy to hear from you.  Alternatively, you can email fundraising@hospiscare.co.uk.

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