Fence flowerpot men help to raise thousands for hospice

Creative villagers in Fence held their annual Flowerpot Sculpture and Open Gardens Festival with a difference - as all entries were viewed online due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Fence Fund-raisers for Pendleside Hospice group organised the event which raised £2,750 for the hospice, smashing previous records.

Pamela Barton, one of the fund-raisers, said: "There was a difference this year as it was ‘virtual’ and people were invited to send photos of their sculptures and gardens for an online competition.

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"A really exciting new feature of the weekend was ‘Afternoon Tea in A Box’ which could be collected or delivered to anyone having to stay at home. The plant sale was able to go ahead by having an appointment system so that social distancing could be observed.

Braden (12) enjoying one of the 200 Afternoon Tea boxes delivered to peoples doors

"Children in the village were excited to take part and encouraged to look for sculptures on their daily walks. The villagers of Fence have worked their magic yet again by pulling together, raising money and having fun."

A flowerpot thanking the NHS
Winner for Flowerpot Sculpture: Megan (11) and her grandparents Trevor and Sandra Wheeler