Char­ity’s cof­fers blos­som af­ter plant sale at cas­tle

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Tricia Jamieson tjamieson@thek­m­

CHAR­ITY cof­fers were boosted by £6,000 from an open gar­den and plant sale at Salt­wood Cas­tle on Satur­day.

It was the third year run­ning the Ash­ford branch of the NSPCC had hosted the event at Salt­wood and just un­der 1,000 peo­ple at­tended.

In ad­di­tion to the chance to look round the grounds which are not nor­mally open to the pub­lic, there were plant stalls and re­fresh­ments.

Anna Keir, NSPCC com­mu­nity fundrais­ing man­ager for north and east Kent, said: “This is al­ways a pop­u­lar event and went very well.

“There is lots to see there and it is lovely for peo­ple to wan­der round and have a cup of tea – the Ash­ford mem­bers al­ways do us proud on the cakes front.”

But there was a sour note when a tray be­long­ing to El­iz­a­beth Clark, who do­nated some cakes, was taken from the re­fresh­ment area.

It is a blue seven-inch tray with a pic­ture of Padding­ton Bear on it. Any­one find­ing it should call the NSPCC re­gional ap­peals of­fice on 01293 651840.

“I hope the per­son who took it is shamed into re­turn­ing it,” said Mrs Clark.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1706320

All grow: Ash­ford NSPCC open gar­den and plant sale at Salt­wood Cas­tle

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