14 March 2013
For the second year South Gloucestershire residents Arnold and Dorothy Denman will be opening their magnificent gardens and welcoming guests to enjoy the early spring bloom of snowdrops, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Visitors are invited to the gardens of the Old Sodbury Elizabethan farmhouse, Camers, which are opening for one day only on Sunday 17th February from 11.00 am until 4.00 pm for a £2.50 entry fee, with free entry for children. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the four-acre woods and garden set in the west sloping site on the limestone of the Cotswold escarpment, and enjoy the outstanding views over the Severn Estuary. Cakes, tea and coffee will also be on sale.
In April the Denmans will be taking part in the Cape to Cape vintage car rally for Macmillan Cancer Support in their 1973 BMW 3.0si saloon. The event will see over 40 classic motors race from Cabo da Roca in Portugal, the most westerly tip on mainland Europe, to Cape Cornwall. All the money raised through the open garden day will be added to their sponsorship total for the Macmillan car challenge. In the three years they have taken part in the Cape to Cape rally the Denmans have raised more than £15,000.
Dorothy Denman said, 'We hope that many of our regular summer visitors and lots of new guests will take advantage of the opportunity to catch this beautiful natural display at a different time of year, and most importantly help us to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan'.
'In addition to the snowdrop opening we will be auctioning a weekend stay in London at a charity auction at the end of the event,' Sue added.
Local Macmillan fundraising manager for South Gloucestershire, Sadie Moore said: 'Raising funds is vital to support services for local people affected by cancer.
'With the help of local supporters like the Denmans and everyone who takes part in their open garden day we’re making sure there are enough nurses and therapists to help everyone through treatment and enough expert advisers on the end of the phone. We are all part of the Macmillan team in South Gloucestershire.'
Toilets with facilities for disabled people are provided within the garden, and most parts of the routes are accessible by wheelchair provided people can manage the steep slopes of the Cotswold escarpment and weather permitting.
For more information visit www.camers.org or email email@example.com