Staff at The Millbrook Garden Company recently (November, 2013) presented a cheque for more than £2,000 to its Charity of the Year.
The company, which has garden centres in Gravesend and Highgrove, Kent and Crowborough, East Sussex, donated £2,103.41 to chYps Children’s Hospice at Home.
Tammy Woodhouse, Managing Director of The Millbrook Garden Company, said: “We raised the money through our events and collection boxes during 2013. I also took part in a Sponsored Chilli Dip in March. I swam in a freezing swimming pool and managed to raise £970 for chYps.
“We would like to thank all our customers who donated any money throughout the year. chYps is such a worthy cause as it provides full hospice care for children at home. We have also decided to continue supporting the charity in 2014 too.”
chYps is the Children and Young Peoples’ Service of EllenorLions Hospices. It is the UK’s first children’s hospice at home service and one of only a very few acute services providing oncology and end of life care to children in the home.
The charity provides care for the whole family and its services extend across the whole of West Kent.
Rachel Holweger, Director of Fundraising at chYps, said: “We are so grateful to Millbrook for supporting the charity. Thanks to everyone who helped raise such a fantastic amount for chYps.
“We are Kent’s only children’s hospice at home, and as a charity we rely on the generosity of the local community to be able to provide vital end-of-life, respite and cancer care to seriously ill babies, children and young people.”
The Millbrook Garden Company Limited is a family-run, independent company and serves the South East of England.
It provides customers with a wide range of quality plants, shrubs, trees, furniture, barbecues, gifts and food items. Its friendly and knowledgeable staff are on-hand to give visitors help and advice on all gardening matters.
The business consists of three garden centres: Millbrook at Crowborough, East Sussex, which was founded in 1979, Millbrook at Gravesend, Kent, which opened in 1994 and Millbrook at Highgrove in Marden, Kent, which became part of the family in March 2013.
The company has its own nursery in Crowborough, where it grows a third of the plants sold at all the garden centres in an attempt to reduce plant miles.
All the centres have cafés serving hot and cold drinks, snacks, breakfasts and lunches using fresh, seasonal produce some of which is grown at the garden centres. There is ample free parking at all three centres.
For more information, please call Millbrook Garden Centre Crowborough, which is located on Tubwell Lane in Jarvis Brook in Crowborough, East Sussex, on 01892 663 822, Millbrook Garden Centre Gravesend, which is located on Station Road in Southfleet in Gravesend, Kent, on 01474 331 135 or Millbrook at Highgrove, which is located on Staplehurst Road in Marden, Kent on 01622 832 299.
Alternatively, please visit www.millbrookgc.co.uk, log on to www.facebook.com/MillbrookGardenCentreGravesend, www.facebook.com/millbrookGC or www.facebook.com/MillbrookGCHighgrove or follow the company on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/MillbrookGC.