10 March 2015
Dudley based garden centre Ashwood Nurseries have announced that they will be supporting the charity Macmillan Cancer Support over the next year and hope to raise £15,000.
All the money donated will go directly to an innovative pilot project in Dudley, which is aiming to improve palliative care and end of life services for people affected by cancer and other life limiting conditions in the area.
Macmillan Specialist Care at Home is funded by Macmillan and Dudley CCG and delivered in partnership with The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust and Mary Stevens Hospice in Stourbridge.
It's a two year pilot, aiming to enhance care and treatment for people in Dudley with specialist palliative care needs or who are at the end of their lives.
The owner of Ashwood Nurseries, John Massey, will be opening up his three acre private garden on six days throughout 2015 and donating all proceeds to the project.
The garden, which has featured on TV, is made up of informal borders, island beds and woodland dells, all set against the beautiful backdrop of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal.
Emily Morgan, Macmillan Fundraising Regional Manager for the Black Country said: 'We are delighted that Ashwood Nurseries have chosen Macmillan as their charity of the year. All the money raised will go directly to our project in Dudley, which is changing the way end of life care is delivered in the area. Getting the best possible quality care and support at the end of your life is absolutely vital. There are no dress rehearsals, we have to get it right for people with cancer and other life limiting conditions first time and every time.'
Ashwood Nurseries owner John Massey said: 'I chose Macmillan Cancer Support for the Ashwood Charity of the Year 2015 because I really value the important role they play in the care of cancer patients and their families. I believe that Ashwood’s fund-raising should be used locally and I’m delighted that the money we raise is to be targeted entirely to help one of Macmillan’s most exciting new projects in Dudley: Macmillan Specialist Care at Home. Opening my garden for charity is a wonderful way to raise money for Macmillan and I’m sure that Ashwood’s many customers and friends will be generous in their support of this very worthy cause.'