TV idea leads to party fundraiser

Helen Davis and partner Jeff Sayers at their garden party which raised nearly �1,500 for the St Oswald's Hospice.
Helen Davis and partner Jeff Sayers at their garden party which raised nearly �1,500 for the St Oswald's Hospice.

A GARDEN party which grew from an idea spotted on TV helped raise nearly £1,500 for charity.

Helen Davis had applied to This Morning for a garden party competition, but despite television crews visiting her home in Seaton Sluice, she was unsuccessful in appearing in the show.

However, that gave her the idea to host a garden party in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice after her friend Caroline Hindmarsh started receiving respite care at its Gosforth centre after being diagnosed with cancer.

And the party raised £1,452 for the hospice after the community rallied round.

More than 70 adults and 25 children visited Helen’s home for the party.

Entertainment included children being given the chance to throw sponges at adults in stocks, face painter, a children’s entertainer, and music from local teenagers Jasmine and Mark Edmonds.

There was also a raffle and auction, with Newcastle United offering two tickets to watch a home game in a director’s box.

Helen was amazed at the community spirit on show with a local butchers providing the meat for the barbecue, a builder providing all the drinks, a baker bringing along bread, and the visitors taking along food for the party and canopies.

Helen said: “It was amazing how the people pulled together.

“I was surprised at the amount we raised at the garden party.

“I joined Caroline in presenting the cheque to the hospice.

“The party was a tribute to her and what she is going through.

“I would like to do this garden party annually.