Great British Garden Party Announcement – 9th September 2020

This update follows the government’s latest announcement yesterday evening, setting out a new restriction that there can be no more than six people at any one time at a private party or gathering either in a home, a garden or other premises.
Note: It is important to note that the new regulation only applies in England at the moment, not in Wales.

It is important that people feel comfortable and that the new restrictions are adhered to. But there are still lots of ways you can still make your Great British Garden Party work this year and help us to raise vital funds for vital nursing charities. Whether you raise £5, £50 or £500 every pound raised will make a real difference.

    • Hosting a Garden Party – Small is beautiful! You can still host a Garden Party, but to ensure you only have 6 people gathered in your garden at any one time, why not invite people for a specific time slot. Read how Ray and Joy made this work for them.


    • Plant and produce sale – if you’ve got a glut of produce from your allotment, or have made homemade chutney, honey or jam you could set up a stall at your front door or gate and ask guests or passers-by to make a donation.


    • Bake sale – if you (or your friends) are keen bakers you can hold a bake sale at the front of your house. You can even look to take pre-orders in advance and give people a time slot for collection or offer to do a local delivery


  • Virtual garden party – you can of course take your garden party online and celebrate via Zoom or one of the other platforms that have become such a regular part of our lives.

The latest restriction, coinciding with the week of our Great British Garden Party is obviously disappointing. But we know that all of you are wonderfully supportive and we just want to say a massive thank you. This is just one example of some of the messages we have had today:

This is such a lovely idea. I will be hosting two very small coffee and cake mornings in our front courtyard garden on 10 and 14 September as the weather forecast looked good on those days! Only four of us at each event to maintain the rules but I hope to boost funds with the sale of produce from my Allotment. I will be making your recipe for Chocolate and Courgette Cake, together with Banana Cake, Bara Brith and Mary Berry’s Cheese Scones. – Julie

So it really will be a case of Small is Beautiful. You only need a few friends or family to celebrate your garden and everything it means in these challenging times. And whatever you are able to donate to our fundraising campaign is a fantastic, generous extra.

Our CEO, George Plumptre, has made a video to help explain the situation.

If you are not able to host an event but would like to make a donation to our Help Support our Nurses campaign you can to that here.

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You can also make a donation for any amount up to £20 with a simple text. Simply text:

BUNTING 10 to 70085 to donate £10. You can replace the 10 with the amount you wish to donate e.g. BUNTING 15 will donate £15

Texts cost the donation amount plus one standard message rate.

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