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Sudbury couple praise community's support for open garden fundraiser in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care




A couple from Sudbury have praised the community’s support after hosting a successful fundraising event at the weekend.

Disappointed that this year’s Sudbury Open Gardens event had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Conrad Bentley and his wife, Colette, decided to stage their own two-day spectacle.

Around 90 visitors attended the event in Melford Road, which raised £502 for St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds.

SUDBURY.Melford Rd, Sudbury.Conrad and Colette Bentley staged an garden event at the weekend to raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice. .Mr Bentley had hoped to take part in the the Sudbury Open Gardens event this year, but the annual spectacle was cancelled due to the pandemic. Picture by Mark Westley. (38967570)
SUDBURY.Melford Rd, Sudbury.Conrad and Colette Bentley staged an garden event at the weekend to raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice. .Mr Bentley had hoped to take part in the the Sudbury Open Gardens event this year, but the annual spectacle was cancelled due to the pandemic. Picture by Mark Westley. (38967570)

“The hospice, like many charities, has been struggling during the crisis,” said Mr Bentley, who was delighted by the turnout.

“We didn’t know how many people would come along because some people are still quite wary,” added the 67-year-old.

During the weekend event, visitors gained inspiring ideas from a range of ‘garden rooms’ on show.

SUDBURY.Melford Rd, Sudbury.Conrad and Colette Bentley staged an garden event at the weekend to raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice. .Mr Bentley had hoped to take part in the the Sudbury Open Gardens event this year, but the annual spectacle was cancelled due to the pandemic. Picture by Mark Westley. (38967554)
SUDBURY.Melford Rd, Sudbury.Conrad and Colette Bentley staged an garden event at the weekend to raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice. .Mr Bentley had hoped to take part in the the Sudbury Open Gardens event this year, but the annual spectacle was cancelled due to the pandemic. Picture by Mark Westley. (38967554)

One of the designs featured a mirror to create the illusion of a garden gate leading into an open space.

“They were popular during the 18th and 19th century,” said Mr Bentley, who was impressed by the creation at an open garden event he had previously visited.

SUDBURY.Melford Rd, Sudbury.Conrad and Colette Bentley staged an garden event at the weekend to raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice. .Mr Bentley had hoped to take part in the the Sudbury Open Gardens event this year, but the annual spectacle was cancelled due to the pandemic. Picture by Mark Westley. (38967569)
SUDBURY.Melford Rd, Sudbury.Conrad and Colette Bentley staged an garden event at the weekend to raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice. .Mr Bentley had hoped to take part in the the Sudbury Open Gardens event this year, but the annual spectacle was cancelled due to the pandemic. Picture by Mark Westley. (38967569)

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