MORE than £1,000 has been raised for cancer research, thanks to the delights of an English country garden.
Survivor Beatrice Robson organised a garden party at her Fairmoor home to celebrate her 67th birthday five years after she was told she had just five years to live following a diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
And to show her appreciation for the first class care she received, she turned the event into a fund-raiser in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Visitors paid for tickets, there were raffles with prizes donated by local businesses, a vintage car on display courtesy of a neighbour, strawberries and Pimms, games, competitions and entertainment.
And when the proceeds were counted up, the total raised came to £1,325.
Mrs Robson said: “It was a good day, it was lovely and we were lucky with the weather.
“There must have been over 100 people there, including my friends from the gardening and bridge clubs.
“The strawberries and Pimms went down very well and we had a good response to the raffle.
“People have been very generous.
“Before the event, I was determined to raise £1,000 so I have exceeded that. I would like to thank everybody for their help and support.
“I was shattered afterwards and was never off my feet for three days leading up to it, but it went well and it was worth it in the end.”
Mrs Robson wishes to thank the Travel Emporium, Moods, Rutherfords, Fires In Stone and Stanton Hall Gardens and Plant Centre.