Midsummer Magic at Hazelby House with Mary Berry
Midsummer’s eve is always a time of enchantment and there was no short supply when Patrick and Gabrielle Hungerford opened the gates to their glorious garden at Hazelby House in East Woodhay, near Newbury for a charity fundraiser on Friday.
Over 650 guests enjoyed the exquisite grounds serenaded by multi award winning soul singer-songwriter, Natasha Watts and the East Woodhay Silver Band, and were welcomed by National Garden Scheme President and nation’s favourite baker, Mary Berry.
“It’s such a delight to be part of this evening’s event. What could be more fitting than raising money for the National Garden Scheme and it’s beneficiaries in such a magical, garden setting,” said Mary Berry.
The event, with its raffle, online auction and live auction led by veteran auctioneer Nick Bonham – which included a floral blazer worn by Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off – raised £89,000 to support National Garden Scheme beneficiaries including Macmillan Cancer Support, Parkinson’s UK, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, Mind and the Queens Nursing Institute.
“Our heartfelt thanks must go to Patrick and Gabrielle Hungerford for their generosity in sharing their wonderful garden with us,” said National Garden Scheme CEO, George Plumptre. “That we were able to raise such a significant amount will make a huge difference to the lives of thousands including carers and nurses across the country.”
Thank you to lead sponsor Savills, to NFU Mutual Hungerford Agency, BCM, Saffery Champness and Waverton and to everyone who so generously donated prizes to the auction, all contributing to the success of the evening.
“We would also like to say a huge thank you to those who volunteered to support the event from the Hampshire and Berkshire teams and from head office and, in particular, to Hazelby’s gardeners Kevin Rush and Steve Millson who worked so hard to make the garden look perfect on the night,” adds Head of Marketing, Anna Wili.
Photography credits – Julie Skelton