Generous support of local people raises over £2,000

Added on 11 February 2008

Big hearted people in Dorset and Somerset have helped to raise over £2,000 by buying small bags of reindeer food on the run up to Christmas. The money, which will help to support the vital work of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, was presented to Audrey Williams, regional fundraising manager for the Trust in the South West region.

"This is a fabulous amount and we are so grateful to Anne Hall of Castle Gardens, and her team who have worked so hard to make and sell the reindeer food bags. Every week five babies are born with Cystic Fibrosis and three young lives are lost to the illness which affects over 8,000 people in the UK. The money raised will go towards the work of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, in particular it will help the research we are carrying out into gene therapy. This is crucial research which is at an important stage," said Audrey Williams.

Anne Hall, who is well known at Castle Gardens, has a young son who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. Together with two other mums, also with children who have the illness, Anne made tiny bags of wheat and glitter to sell on the run up to Christmas as reindeer food. In fact £2,220.25 was raised at the three garden centres in The Gardens Group (Castle Gardens, Brimsmore Gardens and Poundbury Gardens).

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the UK's only national charity dealing with all aspects of Cystic Fibrosis and if you would like to help please contact Audrey on 0845 8591036.

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