Rooting for Hospiscare – Ottery garden centre raises more than £14,000 for charity

A host of fundraising events held over 2021 by garden centre staff in Ottery St Mary has raised more than £14,000 for Hospiscare.

The business this week thanked all who had supported the events to raise much-needed funds for the charity, totalling £14,700.

It was the third  consecutive year the garden centre in Ottery has backed Hospiscare through fundraising.

Jacqui Taylor, Otter Garden Centres managing director, said: “This is, quite simply, a brilliant total. It shows just how much this local charity means to our team and customers.

“We are so incredibly grateful for the ongoing support and enthusiasm shown by everyone.”

During 2021, funds were raised through a Team Otter taking part the Hospiscare Twilight with a Twist walk.

Routes were planned by garden centre staff Lauren Pearcy and Sally Bright, who were joined by 33 colleagues to raise £3,739.

Other fundraisers held throughout the year included an animated show of singing penguins, where customers were encouraged to pop spare change into a collection bucket.

The garden centre’s annual memory tree gave people the chance to remember loved-ones and leave a donation.

And a team from Hospiscare was invited to the garden centre to run a tombola for visitors.

Otter Garden Centres also sponsored Hospiscare’s 2021 open gardens event.

The business recently agreed to sponsor the event again for 2022.

Steve Pearcy, a member of the Otter Vale Friends of Hospiscare who co-ordinated the fundraising with the garden centre, said: “Everyone at the garden centre has been so supportive with all the events from bingo and quizzes to the tombola and walk.

“We all worked as a team and it really has paid off.”

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