After a rainy morning, the sun decided to shine just in time for the opening of the Mary Ann Evans Hospice’s Annual Garden Party, celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Nuneaton Support Group on the 16th June.

Scores of supporters visited the beautiful Hospice Garden including the Mayor of Nuneaton & Bedworth, Cllr Chris Watkins and his Wife Collette, the Deputy Mayor of Atherstone, Cllr Carl Gurney accompanied by his wife Pauline, the Mayor of North Warwickshire, Cllr Denise Clews & her husband Tony and two Hospice Patrons , Marcus Jones MP & former BBC Midlands Today newsreader, Kay Alexander MBE.
Lots of entertainment was provided from the Nuneaton Ukulele Jam Band, the Belles of Three Spires and Barbershop Actually who all shone on the stage. The children had lots of fun on the bouncy castle and inflatable slide and even had a visit from a minion; it really was a day that was fun for all of the family.

Tasty treats were on offer to the guests from Carlicious Catering who sold pulled pork batches, Pimms, prosecco & cocktails, the Hospice kitchen which sold cream teas and filled rolls, and Morton’s Vintage Hire who once again served their luxurious hand scooped ice cream.

Chief Executive, Liz Hancock presented the Nuneaton Support Group with an award and celebration cake to thank them for all of their hard work and dedication over the last 30 years. Throughout their 30 years the Support Group have raised a phenomenal £538,725.00

Overall the event raised just under £3000 which is a valuable contribution to the funding needed to provide Hospice care in Northern Warwickshire and the surrounding areas.

Fundraiser Jessica Atkinson said “It was lovely to see so many people from the local community supporting the Hospice, enjoying the beautiful gardens despite the weather. Thank you to all who attended, as well as the Hospice staff and volunteers who came together to make the day such a success.”