5 July 2013
BBC Radio 2 Presenter Ken Bruce opens the garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show which pays tribute to and promotes the importance of leaving a gift to a cause or charity in wills
Macmillan Cancer Support will unveil its Legacy Garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on Monday 8 July. Created by Scottish garden designer and thyroid cancer survivor Rebecca Govier, the garden’s design represents people’s cancer journey and the support provided by the charity – thanks to people who have left a gift in their will. Opened by Ken Bruce, BBC Radio 2 presenter and a supporter of Macmillan Cancer Support, the garden is also inspired by Rebecca’s mother’s late-partner and close friend of Ken, Peter Tory, who passed away from cancer last year and was helped by the charity.
The garden has been thoughtfully designed with a winding pathway at its centre, symbolising the journey of cancer, with aluminium figures hidden amongst the planting to signify the Macmillan professionals who aim to support people affected by cancer every step of the way. The silhouette is based on Macmillan professional Kim Hardwick, a Senior Cancer Information Nurse. In their reflective forms, the figures also represent the charity’s unseen friends, who have left gifts to Macmillan in their wills, supporting services to help ensure no one faces cancer alone.
The architectural glade and woodland planting are a reminder of the positive impact that gardening has on the physical and mental wellbeing of people living with and after cancer. Amongst a variety of plants, the garden incorporates bespoke ‘Macmillan Nurse’ roses, which are white flushed with peach, and were created by Peter Beales in 1998 in recognition of the good work Macmillan do. Like all plants in the Legacy Garden, the roses are planted in containers to ensure their legacy can be enjoyed after the Hampton Court Flower Show and reflect the personal legacy individuals give to Macmillan Cancer Support when they chose to leave a gift to the charity in their will.
Ken Bruce comments: “I am delighted to be here today to offer my personal support to the opening of Macmillan Cancer Support’s beautiful Legacy Garden. The design is a stunning and subtle tribute to the work of Macmillan supporting people, just like my late friend Peter Tory, throughout their difficult cancer journey. It is also a heartfelt way of thanking all those people who enable Macmillan to do this, through the generosity of the legacies they leave.”
Helen Eddleston, Legacy Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support adds: “Many people affected by cancer, just like the garden designer Rebecca Govier, find gardening has a positive impact on their physical and mental health. The beautiful work Rebecca has created in our Legacy Garden not only brings this notion to life, but highlights Macmillan’s work supporting people whose lives have been touched by cancer and recognises those who make this possible through the generous gifts they leave in their wills .”
“I hope that visitors today will be inspired by this wonderful garden to consider leaving a gift to a cause or charity that they care about in their will. Gifts in wills, large and small, are extremely valuable to us and make up more than a third of annual donations to Macmillan helping to ensure no one has to face cancer alone, now and in the future.”
To find out how you can leave a gift to Macmillan in your will call 0800 107 4448 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/legacies
For further information contact:
T: (0)20 7413 3756
E: sophie.nicholson@ hkstrategies.com
T: (0)20 7413 3166
T: (0) 207 413 3053
E: corinna.fawls@ hkstrategies.com
Notes to Editors:
As with other forms of physical activity*, gardening can have many benefits for your physical and mental health for more information please visit macmillan.org.uk (*before changing your exercise routine people are advised to speak to their GP or cancer specialist).
About Macmillan Cancer Support:
Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face. But you don’t have to go through it alone. The Macmillan team is with you every step of the way.
We are the nurses and therapists helping you through treatment. The experts on the end of the phone. The advisers telling you which benefits you’re entitled to. The volunteers giving you a hand with the everyday things. The campaigners improving cancer care. The fundraisers who make it all possible.
Over a third of the services we provide are made possible through the generous support provided by people leaving us a gift in their will.
We turn every legacy we receive into vital support for families living with cancer and without these precious gifts we wouldn’t be able to support as many families as we do today, let alone all those who need our support in the future.
We are Macmillan Cancer Support.