Blooming marvellous support from the National Gardens Scheme
The NGS is Macmillan’s largest single donor, and their generous 2014 donation of £500,000 brings the total amount raised for us to £15.2 million since our partnership first took root in 1985. Last year’s donation funded four brand new Macmillan professionals’ posts in communities across the UK, and to date 147 Macmillan posts have been funded by the NGS.
In 2013 the NGS held the National Gardens Festival Weekend for the first time. This groundbreaking new event saw over 800 gardens open their gates to visitors across the course of one weekend in June, in exchange for donations to charities including Macmillan.
We supported the festival in a number of ways, including our first ever “Facetival”, an online campaign driven by social media to engage Macmillan supporters with our partnership to inspire them to get gardening, and visit an NGS garden to raise money for Macmillan.
We are very excited by the news that the NGS will be celebrating National Gardens Festival Weekend on 7 - 8 June, when a record number of gardens will be opening their gates once more to visitors, in exchange for vital donations to the NGS’ charity beneficiaries, including Macmillan.
You can find out more about the gardens that will be opening for the NGS in 2014 by purchasing a copy of the NGS Yellow Book for a special discounted rate of £7 (RRP £9.99) here or by visiting www.ngs.org.uk.
The NGS also continues to support vital Macmillan’s Move More campaign by highlighting the benefits of physical activity and gardening for people living with cancer. It’s unique support like this, and the tremendous amounts of money that the NGS donates to support people affected by cancer, that makes our partnership so special.
For more information contact Catherine Morton on 0207 091 2497 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Find out more about the National Gardens Scheme, or where the nearest NGS garden in your area is at www.ngs.org.uk.