Help Support Our Nurses

Right now, your support could not be more important. The nursing charities we support, like Marie Curie, Parkinson’s, Hospice UK, Macmillan and the Queen’s Nursing Institute need our help more than ever before as they continue to deliver vital services during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are caring for people living with cancer whose treatments were cancelled, looking after people isolated at home for months, or offering palliative care in hospices.  


“Throughout the pandemic, we have seen a huge amount of support for nurses from the general public, as they witness the professionalism and hard work that goes into delivering health and social care. 

The work of the Queen’s Nursing Institute nurses and the National Garden Scheme shows how determined people are to show their support. We wish them every success with their socially safe Great British Garden Party as they use that event to raise money for the Help Support Our Nurses campaign.” 

Dame Donna Kinnair – Chief Executive and General Secretary of the RCN 

“I was amazed to discover that the National Garden Scheme is Marie Curie’s largest single funder and has given the charity nearly £10 million over 25 years. Their continued support makes such a difference to me and all Marie Curie Nurses on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis, as we continue to provide expert care and support to people at end of life.”

Tracy McWilliams, Marie Curie Nurse

“The recognition that gardens and communal green spaces are critical to our mental health and wellbeing, and that being denied access to green spaces can exacerbate isolation and anxiety, has been reinforced by the recent lockdown. Now, as never before, we need to champion and celebrate our green spaces and the amazing nurses who provide such vital support to the isolated and the unwell in our communities. ”

Sir Sam Everington, Chair Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group, GP, Bromley by Bow Health Partnership

“I love the National Garden Scheme which has been the most brilliant supporter of Queen’s Nurses like me. It was founded by the Queen’s Nursing Institute which makes me very proud. As we battle Coronavirus on the front line in the community, knowing we have their support is a real comfort.”

Liz Alderton, Queen’s Nurse

Photo credit: Kate Stanworth

“The support of Hospice UK and the National Garden Scheme has been invaluable to hospice nurses across the country whilst we’ve been battling the coronavirus crisis. The National Garden Scheme’s Help Support Our Nurses campaign will enable Hospice UK, and in turn hospices such as Derian House to continue providing vital end of life and respite care to 400 children and young adults from across the North West. Thank you.”

Katie Turner, Perinatal Nurse at Derian House Children’s Hospice

Visit a virtual garden

Throughout the lockdown period we worked with our garden owners to bring you virtual visits to their gardens. From stately acres to town and village gardens we have created in excess of 150 virtual garden visits for you to enjoy. So please do delve into these short films and consider making a donation which will help us to continue supporting our nursing and health beneficiaries.

The charities we support

The National Garden Scheme was founded over 90 years ago by the Queen’s Nursing Institute, to fund district nurses and it has funded nursing and health charities ever since. Those on the front line right now include the Queen’s Nursing Institute, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie and Hospice UK.
To help us to continue funding them, please make a donation.

Where the money goes

Since 1927 the National Garden Scheme has been opening exceptional private gardens to raise funds for nursing and health charities. In that time we have raised almost £60 million and in 2019 made an annual donation of £3 million. Our core beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute. You can discover more about our beneficiaries here

We’re working to keep our gardens virtually open so that you can continue to enjoy them, and also re-opening a limited number. Please, if you can, help us to continue supporting our beneficiaries with a donation.

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Our donations in 2023

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Donor 2 £450,000
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Donor 4 £450,000
Donor 5 £425,000
Donor 6 £350,000
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Donor 9 £100,000
Donor 10 £90,000
Donor 11 £80,000
Donor 12 £281,000
Donor 13 £260,000