A fundraising event to help a community garden project has benefitted from a donation by Specsavers in Cowley.

Store manager, Roy Midwinter, is the manager of local swing band the Velvetones who play a monthly charity gig at the Oxford City Golf Club. Thanks to generous donations by the audience, the most recent event raised £110 for Mary’s Garden, which the store has matched.

The garden, at Elder Stubbs Allotments, Rymer’s Lane, was set up by Caroline Buttolph and is named after her mother, Mary. Now run by Sharon and George, they invite local school children to come along and learn about gardening as well as helping to plant vegetables. Entirely self-funded, they rely on donations to provide seeds, compost, gardening tools as well as helping to maintain the shed.

'Delighted to help raise funds'

‘I’m delighted that not only were we able to raise more than £100 on the night, but that the store has matched the total,’ said Roy.

‘Mary’s Garden is a really important community venture, helping local children who might not ordinarily have access to a garden, learn more about growing vegetables and literally getting their hands dirty.

‘We had a great night playing at the golf club - the session was recorded by Radio Cherwell to be played on all local hospital radio stations. We are already looking forward to the next one.’

On Wednesday 15 March, the Velvetones will be joined by another swing band, Cutting Edge, this time raising money for ROSY. The Oxford-based charity provides respite nurses for terminally, acutely or chronically ill children. 

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