The National Garden Scheme gave a record £2.7 million to its beneficiary charities as a result of funds raised at its garden openings last year.
NGS has also announced a new category in its annual donations to support Gardens and Health, with the first beneficiary Horatio’s Garden, which creates gardens for spinal injuries units.
More than £22 million has been donated to the NGS beneficiary charities in the last ten years, with NGS the biggest ever funder of both Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie, having donated £15.75m and £7.8m to each.
The beneficiaries of the £2.7 million are:
MS Society became the NGS guest charity last year, for the first of two years. Recommendations for guest charities are made by NGS volunteers and MS Society takes over as guest charity from Parkinson’s UK. Parkinson’s UK has now been retained as a beneficiary charity.
George Plumptre, NGS chief executive, said:
“This year we have made a significant addition to our donations with the addition of a category promoting the links between Gardens and Health. Every year we will now make a donation to a charity whose work is focused on this vital area of public health, and our first beneficiary is Horatio’s Garden. This charity, named after Horatio Chapple, creates gardens for spinal injuries units at hospitals around the country and our funding will help create a garden at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire.”
The NGS was founded by the Queen’s Nursing Institute in 1927 to raise money to support district nurses in England and Wales.
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