Open gardens weekend ‘a great success’ for local charity

The West Malvern Open Gardens weekend held to celebrate a local charity’s 30th year has been heralded a great success. 11 private gardens were opened to the public as part of the fundraising event for Malvern Special Families.

Cassie Zoro, Community Fundraiser said: “The West Malvern Open Gardens event was brilliant, raising over £2000 for Malvern Special Families. It was lovely to see such a warm community spirit in West Malvern with so many people showcasing their beautiful gardens, baking cakes, serving teas and helping out over the weekend. This was a brilliant way to kick-start our charity’s 30th year celebrations, thank you to everybody that made it such a great success.”


There were more than 250 visitors to the 11 pretty gardens in the village of West Malvern. Gallons of tea, tons of cake and plenty of plants were sold, all in aid of Malvern Special Families charity.

Ruth Pole, organiser of the West Malvern Open Gardens charity event was one of the first parents to be supported by Malvern Special Families: “Malvern Special Families made a massive difference to our family life when our son was young and we are glad to have this opportunity to support other families in similar circumstances. We would like to say a big “Thank you” to everyone who was involved in the recent West Malvern Open Gardens, when we welcomed over 250 visitors. It was a happy community event and raised £2,372.50 for Malvern Special Families.”

Ruth and John Pole

This year Malvern Special Families is celebrating its 30th year and is encouraging people to host fundraising events for the charity in August. So far this year there has been a team sky dive, an “all-school” walk to the Worcestershire Beacon, the Open Gardens weekend, as well as tombolas, raffles and more.