AN astonishing £127,000 has been raised by an annual open gardens event, it has been revealed.
The organisers of the Barton Gardens Festival told the Mail that it had secured the six-figure sum during the past 14 years.
A raft of charities from across the area are set to benefit as a result of the event, which returns this year from 1pm to 6pm on June 21 and June 22, including the likes of Burton’s Queen’s Hospital and the Burton Venture Trust.
Jill Rogers, speaking on behalf of the event organisers, discussed this year’s festival.
She said: “Over the 14 years we have done this we have raised a massive £127,000 for charities which include Burton’s Queen’s Hospital, Donna Louise Trust and Acorns Children’s Hospices, Mary’s Meals, Shelter Boxes, St Giles Hospice, the Burton Venture Trust and the YMCA.
“On Friday, June 20, there is a gala jazz concert at St James’ Church, in Barton under Needwood, featuring Bill Bailey’s All-Star Jazz Band.
“The tickets, which can be obtained from the Barton under Needwood post Office or on the door, are £10 and include sparkling refreshments.
“There are 15 gardens open, and a passport office and seven rides for teddies and their furry friends.
“The latest news is that the skywire teddy ride has been modified so that if a teddy is scared he can sit with his friend – in other words it is now a tandem ride.
“An expanded craft fair is also taking place at St James’ Church Hall and in Barton Bowls Club.
“The Burton Beekeepers’ Association will be there along with many craft workers demonstrating and selling their work.”
Anyone who would like to volunteer to help out at the event is urged to get in touch with organisers.
They can be reached by calling Charles Theaker on 01283 713504 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
More information is available by visiting bartongardensfestival.org