Nightingale House Hospice
We work in association with Nightingale House Hospice, fundraising for their wonderful charity. Our grand total for 2017 was £15,700.00. We thank all of our customers for their support. This money was raised through events such as Easter Chick Hunt, Picnic and Proms, Dog Show and Family Fun Day, Christmas Launch Night with Santa and his real reindeers, Santa’s grotto and breakfast with Santa. Bellis’ donate all the grotto gifts so that every penny is going to the hospice. This year we also had a team of Bellis’ staff enter the Tough Mudder race at Cholmondeley Castle, raising another £900.00. We also have collection pots at all the till points in the Garden Centre and the Restaurant. This money helps the hospice to continue providing specialist palliative care for patients and their families. Thank you to everyone who supported any of our fundraising events. We have another full fundraising events calendar for 2018.
The Country Trust
Throughout 2017 you may have noticed groups of children swarming across the fields, occasionally sporting the odd rhubarb umbrella. We have been working in partnership with The Country Trust to deliver Farm Discovery Visits to 90 children from 3 local schools. The Country Trust is a small, dynamic national education charity dedicated to bringing alive the working countryside for children least able to access it. They work with local volunteer host farms to bring food, farming and the countryside for disadvantaged children. Sharing knowledge, igniting curiosity and broadening horizons. We will continue our work with The Country Trust during 2018.
In October we invited a few local schools to visit our pumpkin fields. Holt CP School and Holt Under Fives Nursery also joined us. Great fun was had by all and they all went back to their classes with a selection of pumpkins to carve.