NGS To Give Away £2.6m To Beneficiary Charities in 2012
On Wednesday 28th March George Plumptre, Chief Executive of The National Gardens Scheme, was delighted to announce the amounts that each of our beneficiary charities would be receiving as a result of funds raised through garden openings last year.
Despite the current economic climate in which many charities have seen their income levels fall and two very wet weekends last June, which impacted the total amount of income raised, George was able to announce that the donations to be distributed to the nursing, caring and gardening charities that The National Gardens Scheme supports would match the total donated in 2011 - £2.6million! The charities to receive donations this year are:
|Macmillan Cancer Support
|Marie Curie Cancer Care
|Help the Hospices
|The Queens Nursing Institute
|National Trust Gardening Careership
|The Garden Museum, London
|The NGS Elspeth Thompson Bursary
George also announced that The National Gardens Scheme’s Guest Charity for 2012 would be Alzheimer’s Society. A donation of £150,000 was made to them.
“For every £1 raised at the garden gate over 80p is donated to our beneficiary charities,” explained George. “Ours is a highly cost efficient fund raising model which is made possible by our wonderful volunteers and garden owners. Despite the pressure on spending that we are all experiencing, we are hoping that the gardens featured in the 2012 Yellow Book will continue to attract large numbers of visitors so that we can maintain and build upon the excellent results of the past year.”