Open Garden raises £6,000 for Stay Up Late

Last week the Stay Up Late team and a few gig buddies participants took their annual volunteering visit to the Cupani Garden in Seaford. The garden is owned by keen gardeners Aideen and Denis Jones and has been featured in Amateur Gardening and Sussex Life and has been described as “a magical world of plant wizardry” by the Galloping Gardner.

The Galloping Gardner couldn’t be more right – the garden is incredible (and the cakes are yummy too)

Both Aideen and Denis have been loyal supporters of Stay up Late, since the very beginning, and now open their garden every year to raise funds for us!

Through entrance fees, plant sales and serving lunches and teas the garden raised an incredible £5,957 for the charity and a total of over £8,500 across all the charities they were supporting this year.

Aideen said “I have supported Stay up Late since its inception, and was a former Gig Buddy and it is lovely in my retirement years to support them in a very practical way. I love their ‘can do’ approach to problem solving and I personally know many pairs of Gig Buddies whose lives have been enriched by this brilliant grassroots project”.

As funding cuts make it more likely that social activities for people with learning disabilities are reduced, the money raised by Aideen and Denis will help provide meaningful opportunities for gig buddies to socialise.

Thank you Aideen, Denis and everyone who came to support the Cupani Garden.



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