Supporters from the NSPCC’s fundraising group in North Northumberland are among a number of people, including actor John Hurt, who have helped to celebrate the charity’s 130th birthday by hanging legacy messages in a tree featured at the centre of a garden at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.
Tuesday was is the 130th anniversary of the NSPCC, and the charity marked the milestone by exhibiting a nostalgic, thought-provoking garden at the show. At the centre of the garden is a copper beech tree where the messages from supporters and young people have been displayed.
The NSPCC’s North Northumberland group was formed in November 1889, and turned 124-years-old on the charity’s 130th birthday.
Gillian Irvine, the group’s secretary, said: “As a committee we are extremely proud to be a part of the NSPCC’s 130th birthday celebrations in this way.
“Our message for future generations which is being displayed in the tree is, to leave an example to be followed that volunteers are the precious heart of the NSPCC.”
The North Northumberland group stages a wide variety of fundraising events and activities each year and is always appealing for new people to get involved in supporting the charity.
Designed by Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith of Woolcott & Smith Garden Design, the garden demonstrates how gifts in supporters’ wills have helped fund the charity’s work and takes visitors on a journey through its history.
Mr Smith said: “Exhibiting at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is a wonderful way of commemorating the NSPCC’s 130th anniversary, and we’re delighted to be part of it.”