Cleadon couple hold plant sale in aid of hospice

GREEN FINGERS ... Alan and Sheila Smith in their greenhouse.
GREEN FINGERS ... Alan and Sheila Smith in their greenhouse.

KEEN gardeners Alan and Sheila Smith are putting their green fingers to good use by offering a helping hand to a South Tyneside hospice.

Mr and Mrs Smith are lining up a plant sale, and all proceeds will go to St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow.

We held a similar event last year that was very successful and raised more than £1,000 for the hospice, and we really hope this year will be as successful.

Sheila Smith, fundraiser

The sale takes place on Saturday, May 23, at the couple’s home at 5 West Park Road, Cleadon Village, and anyone is welcome to drop by throughout the day.

Sheila said: “We held a similar event last year that was very successful and raised more than £1,000 for the hospice, and we really hope this year will be as successful.

“Alan has spent many hours producing cuttings from Bill Darling’s award-winning dahlias.”

Visitors will be able to buy plants, including geraniums and young tomato plants ready to be grown.

Colin Powell, a community fundraiser at the Primrose Terrace hospice, said: “This year, we need to find £1.4m to fund the care and support we provide to those in the community with life-limiting conditions.

“This is only possible thanks to the tremendous help we receive from companies, organisations and individuals like Alan and Sheila, whose ongoing support helps us reach our goal.

“We are indebted to this green-fingered duo for turning their passion into funds for the hospice.”

Proceeds from the sale will go towards funding the hospice’s range of specialist services for people from all over Tyne and Wear with illnesses such as cancer, motor neurone disease and muscular dystrophy.

To support the hospice or learn more about its fundraising events, visit www.stclareshospice.co.uk

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