Garden centre customers aid charity

Berwick Garden Centre has donated £1,680 to the north Northumberland branch of the Royal British Legion.

Thursday, 17th March 2016, 11:00 am
Berwick Garden Centre manager Lynda Murray presenting the cheque to members Back row - Tom Fairfax & Tony Waddell (Royal British Legion) front row - Debora Jerdan (Royal British Legion), Lynda Murray (Berwick Garden Centre Manager), Flora Simpson (Royal British Legion)

Since October, the East Ord-based garden centre has been selling red poppy bird feeders to its customers.

“After seeing the unique product from one of our suppliers, we thought it would be a lovely idea to link with the local British Legion and try to raise funds for such a worthy cause,” said Lynda Murray, Berwick Garden Centre manager.

“We soon realised that these poppy bird feeders were a huge success, customers loved them – we even had to order more in as the first batch sold so quickly – we would like to thank all our customers who have purchased the feeders and enabled us to donate such a great sum of money.”

Tom Fairfax, Legion branch chairman, said: “This money will support a range of exciting projects, the most immediate one being helping to support a series of drop -n centres, starting in Berwick and Wooler. This exciting project is being run by Tony Waddell and will provide an important link that will enable the Legion to bring support to those that need it in the north Northumberland area.”

“Other projects the money will support include a youth inclusion event in the summer, designed to bring together a number of the youth groups in the community. This is a project to place memorials on the many air crash sites in our area where air crews died, mostly during the Second World War and a number of events which maintain the incredibly important link with members of the community.

“It would also be appropriate for a proportion of this donation to be donated to the RBL Northern Welfare fund, which makes grants to support ex-service personnel and their dependents in the area.”

The garden centre is now stocking yellow daffodil feeders to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care, with £2 from each feeder donated.