For the sixth year running, The Gardens Group has supported Sherborne-based mother Anne Hall, whose son was born with Cystic Fibrosis, in raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Though selling £1 bags of reindeer food at each of its garden centres in Sherborne, Yeovil and Poundbury a fantastic £2,600 was raised in 2011, the highest amount to date.
Anne Hall who works at Castle Gardens in Sherborne originally teamed up with two other women in the area to help raise money for the Trust, all of whom have children with the condition. Anne comments: "We have been raising money for the Trust for the past six years, and to achieve the amount we raised over Christmas was wonderful. Each little bag of Reindeer Food may only contain wheat and a little bit of sparkle but the money raised from such a simple idea has huge potential for saving lives".
Over the past 10 years, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust has funded research scientists to develop treatments that significantly improve the lives of people with Cystic Fibrosis; one is a gene therapy product which has the ability to 'correct' the faulty version of the gene that causes Cystic Fibrosis. Now thanks to donations from companies like The Gardens Group and the Cystic Fibrosis Community, an investment of tens of millions of pounds over the years has enabled the research to reach a crucial point, where clinical trials will look to begin this year.
Audrey Williams, Regional Fundraising Manager at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust for the South West is thrilled with the money raised: "We are so pleased by the amount that was kindly donated to the Trust by The Gardens Group, and raised in such an innovative way. Donations like this build up to the large amounts of money that we need to continue our fight for better lives for those living with Cystic Fibrosis. The Trust continues to fund many areas of work including research, support and clinical care for all people living with Cystic Fibrosis as we have to concentrate on the future as well as the here and now."
For further information please contact Anne Hall at Castle Gardens on, tel 01935 814633.