Amazing support on ‘worst weekend of summer’

Littlecourt Cottages open garden event raised money for the Admiral Nurse Campaign

Littlecourt Cottages open garden event raised money for the Admiral Nurse Campaign - Credit: Archant

Torrential rain was no match for generous garden lovers who donated £500 to the Sid Valley Memory Cafe’s Admiral Nurse Campaign.

Selwyn Kussman and Geoffrey Ward opened their gorgeous gardens in Seafield Road on the ‘worst weekend of the summer’ - but still managed to raise a ‘fantastic’ amount.

They thanked everyone who turned out in the rain on Sunday, July 26, and Monday, July 27, to support their event, which collected a total of £1,000.

Half of the overall amount has been donated towards efforts to fund a specialist dementia nurse for the Sid Valley.

The rest of the money has gone to charities supported by the National Gardens Scheme.

Geoffrey called the result ‘amazing’ considering the bad weather.

He said: “It was the worst weekend of the summer, but the fact that people supported us and raised that much – it was a fantastic achievement.”

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The duo presented a cheque to the Memory Café’s Pat Cooper and Angela Thompson.

The campaign, launched in partnership with the Herald, is a third of the way to its £100,000 target.

Scores of supporters will be taking the plunge for the cause at the Rotary Club of Sidmouth’s annual Swimathon at the town pool on October 10 from 4pm to 9pm.

Teams are being urged to sign up. Entry forms from Steve Gunnell on 01395 519302, or email

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