Plymouth charity total for Dementia Friendly Parishes

In our final reveal for charity fundraising during 2018, it’s a big well done to our Plymouth team which has announced a total of £3,200 raised for Dementia Friendly Parishes Around the Yealm.

Funds were raised through raffles, face painting, a visit from woodturners and the wonderful animated singing penguin display at Christmas.

The charity, which has been running for seven years, involves five rural parishes located around the River Yealm that have committed to improving and changing the lives of people with dementia and their carers through a community-wide, inclusive initiative.

Chair of the charity Liz Hitchins, said: “Too often a diagnosis of dementia causes a person and their family to withdraw from life. Our charity aims to support them in remaining active and involved in the community. Everyone at Otter Garden Centres has been fantastic; they have been great friends to the charity and given us a lot of publicity. Nothing was too much trouble – they are true dementia friends.”

Funds are used to finance a part-time project coordinator who visits those with dementia and their families to help them get involved in dementia friendly groups. These include walking, ‘share reading’ groups, gentle exercise and arts and crafts. “Our whole approach is one of inclusivity; all our activities are open to anyone from the local community. At Kitley House Hotel, for example, which we visit for afternoon tea, everyone chats together – it is simply a normal community event,” Liz explained.

Dementia Friendly Parishes also raises awareness by giving talks to groups on how to help and communicate with a person with dementia and by producing informative leaflets. All these enterprises are funded through donations from the public and businesses. During the past seven years the charity has provided support to more than 85 local families.

Otter Garden Centre Plymouth’s charity coordinator Adele Rundle added: “I would like to say a huge thank you to all our staff and our customers for their donations. It is such a worthy cause because dementia can happen to any one of us or our family members at any time. This is a local charity that we do not hear much about and we are pleased to have been able to help them.”

For 2019 the branch is supporting another very local charity, Shekinah Mission, which works with teenagers and adults in Plymouth and Torbay to tackle homelessness and social exclusion.

Torbay charity total for Devon Air Ambulance

The team at our Torbay garden centre is excited to announce the charity total for 2018, their second year of fundraising for Devon Air Ambulance.

A total of just under £4,000 was raised through various customer and staff events run throughout the year.

Intrepid employee Richard Vanstone had his head shaved for the second year in a row to help raise funds, whilst Alice Bamber, daughter of staff member Andrew Bamber, raised funds by creating Christmas animal decorations at school by recycling magazines. Another major fundraising attraction was an entertaining animated reindeer display at Christmas.

“Devon Air Ambulance, which helped over 1,100 patients during 2018, is a vital part of the Devon community,” said Branch Manager, Emma Devonald. “We’re pleased with the results of our fundraising efforts to support the charity.

“Our customers have been very generous with their donations once again, so many thanks to everyone who dug deep. I would also like to add a thank you to former employee Julia Stone – Julia has now left the garden centre but was a huge part of our fundraising efforts over the two years.”

Together with the £4,500 raised last year, this means the Torbay team has handed over around £8,500 to Devon Air Ambulance.

“We are extremely grateful to Otter Garden Centres for their continued support over the last two years in which time they have raised a significant amount of money for DAA,” added DAA Fundraising Manager, Tracy Owen.

“We would like to say a huge thank all of their staff and customers for their generous donations. Last year it cost £7.5 million to keep the service operational so every penny raised will make a real difference.”

For 2019 the team are raising funds for a local mental health charity, Step One.

Plymouth Garden Reuse and Create Challenge

Radio Plymouth and Otter Garden Centres are delighted to be running our Garden Reuse and Create Challenge with primary schools across Plymouth, to give away two raised beds with compost and plants, so the winning school can ‘grow their own’ this spring and summer!

There will be two runners up, each taking away a £50 Otter Garden Centres voucher for their school.

We want primary aged children to design something found in the garden, re-using items that would otherwise be thrown away! The creation might be a plant, flower, tree, wildlife (insect, bird, butterfly), made from recycled materials.

This is an opportunity to get creative – there are no other limitations. All you need to do is enjoy making your garden creation.

Don’t leave it too long as entry closes on Friday 29th March at midnight.

To enter, click HERE

March Flower Arranging Workshop – Ottery St Mary

Tuesday 19th March – flower arranging workshop in Ottery

Join us for our seasonal flower arranging workshop in the Otter Garden Centre restaurant in Ottery St Mary

2.30 to 4.30pm

The price of £15 includes tea/coffee and cake, tuition from experienced tutor Tracy Johnson and all materials including flowers. You will take your arrangement home with you after the workshop.

Flower arrangementThis month you will be making a ‘Pretty Basket’ arrangement.

Booking and pre-payment are required as Tracy needs to bring exactly the right amount of materials and flowers. Please don’t simply turn up on the day.

To book, please visit the main shop tills or call us on 01404 815815.

We look forward to seeing you at our next flower arranging workshop.

Future workshop dates, all Tuesdays:

  • April 30th
  • May 21st
  • June 18th
  • July 16th
  • Aug 20th
  • Sep 17th
  • Oct 15th
  • Nov 19th
  • Dec 10th