The organisers of Welshampton Plant Fair have celebrated its 10th anniversary in style by raising a record breaking £10,000 for two charities.
Proceeds of Welshampton Plant Fair, held on Bank Holiday Monday in Welshampton Parish Hall, amounted to an astonishing £9,575 in just three hours, but generous donors in the community, including individuals and businesses, have boosted the total to £10,024.
The total takes the figure raised for charity by the big-hearted villagers to £50,000 over the past decade. This year’s money has been divided between Shropshire Macmillan Cancer Support and St Michael and All Angels Church, Welshampton.
Cheques were presented at a party hosted by Mary Jinks at Country Garden Roses, Hadnall on Monday evening. She had donated a beautiful butter-yellow floribunda rose, named Welshampton Fair, in memory of her late husband, John, to be sold at the plant fair.
Helen Knight, Macmillan Cancer Support’s fundraising manager in Shropshire, thanked Welshampton Plant Sale for “wonderful” amount of money raised. “The money that has been donated makes a difference to the care and support we offer patients within Shropshire,” she added.
“Macmillan has just funded Diane Evanson, a new rarer tumours Macmillan clinical nurse specialist at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, supporting patients across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Mid Wales. Di will enable more patients to have their treatment within Shropshire.
“Without events like the plant sale we could not continue our investments and I thank them very much for all their hard work and incredible efforts.”
Gill Eleftheriou, plant fair co-ordinator, confirmed that the event would be held again next year. She thanked everyone who attended this year’s event and the community donors for their “wonderful gesture” and said the total was a fitting way to mark the plant fair’s 10th anniversary.
“We wanted to make it a special event because it was our 10th anniversary and it was amazing,” she added. “Plantsmen were again so generous with their treasures this year. Many donated plants and prizes because their family had been touched by cancer and they wanted to help the work of Macmillan Cancer Support.”
She explained that she and a dedicated group of five growers – Mike Phillips, Keith Egerton, Gilliam Webster, Stan and Joyce Melcrow and Dianne Luff – are responsible for growing most of the plants for the grand plant sale.
Rare specimens donated to the event were sold in a ‘Special Plants’ auction by Andrew Beeston, senior fine art auctioneer and valuer at Halls in Shrewsbury.