Useful funding boost for gardening group

Morpeth Community Support Officer Paul Moorhead and Joyce Anderson at the presentation of the grant.
Morpeth Community Support Officer Paul Moorhead and Joyce Anderson at the presentation of the grant.

A Northumberland organisation that helps blind and partially-sighted people enjoy the benefits of gardening and social activities recently received a useful grant.

Morpeth Community Support Officer Paul Moorhead recommended Bloomers Gardening Group to receive some money from the Northumbria Police Charities Fund.

The request was successful and Mr Moorhead and Sarah Dodds – a trustee for the fund – made the presentation to Joyce Anderson, a member of the volunteer led and run group that meets at the Hepscott Park Horticultural Unit.

The £150 grant was put to instant use as it allowed members to buy equipment and materials to make Christmas wreaths and table decorations.

The money will also be used for plants and seeds for a new allotment.

Group spokesman John Anderson said: “Grants such as this make all the difference to the lives and well-being of the visually impaired.

“The aim of the group is to introduce or re-introduce them to the benefits of gardening. Although one of their senses may be impaired, all of the others are put to very good use, especially the senses of smell and touch.

“The activities have a positive effect in getting people who can become socially isolated out of the house to meet new people and develop friendships.

“It also helps to build confidence and give them a feeling of self worth and achievement.”

For more information about Bloomers Gardening Group, call Mr Anderson on 01670 503782 or email castle2@tiscali.co.uk