Garden centre branches out to charity

Julie Nichol, of Scarborough MIND, second right, is presented with �6856.87 by Deans Garden Centre staff, from left,  Lynne Crowther, Dee Harrison, Jim Cockerton, John Lewis, Lindsay Woodford.'120346.
Julie Nichol, of Scarborough MIND, second right, is presented with �6856.87 by Deans Garden Centre staff, from left, Lynne Crowther, Dee Harrison, Jim Cockerton, John Lewis, Lindsay Woodford.'120346.
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STAFF and customers of a local garden centre have raised a blooming good cash sum for charity.

In 2011 Dean’s Garden Centre nominated Scarborough Mind as its charity of the year with regional branches in York, Whitby and Ryedale also selecting their local group.

A charity bike night, walking treasure hunt and brass band concert were held over the course of the year, leading to a cheque presentation of almost £7,000 from the Seamer Road centre, adding to a total amount of £16,443.70 including a £3,000 donation from the partners of the business.

Julie Nichol, CEO at Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind, said: “We were thrilled to have been chosen by Dean’s Garden Centre as their charity of the year, and would like to thank all of the staff for their efforts on our behalf.

“We also thank everyone who donated and the Mind volunteers who gave their time to help out. All of the money raised will go towards keeping our Scarborough Drop-In up and running.”

The Drop-In is available to people with mental health problems on Friday afternoons at Queen Street Methodist Central Hall and offers support and information together with the activities.