Local accountancy firm get green fingered for charity in Great Bridgeford

Michael Carthy (left) presents a cheque to Peter Longstaff
Michael Carthy (left) presents a cheque to Peter Longstaff

Local business Carthy Accountants attended an open garden day in Great Bridgeford last weekend in order to present a cheque in support of the National Garden Scheme.

The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) was founded in 1927 when Individuals were asked to open up their gardens for ‘a shilling a head’. Now in 2015 over 3,800 gardens will open their gates in support of the NGS. Since its foundation, the National Gardens Scheme has donated over £45 million to nominated beneficiaries, of which nearly £23 million has been donated within the last ten years.

Peter Longstaff from the NGS said

“It’s great that a local business have decided to support the work we do. We all volunteer to open our gardens and spend hour after hour making sure everything is ready for our open days. The fact we can now give more money to be distributed around caring charities in the UK is fantastic. The NGS support Macmillan Cancer Support, Hospice UK, Marie Curie Cancer Support and Carers Trust to name but a few. Every penny raised at the event, from the small donation for entrance to the garden to bigger ones that people kindly give us, goes straight to the charities. Receiving a generous one like this from Carthy Accountants really gives a boost to our local total and makes the work we do even more rewarding. This year we hope our garden alone will raise upwards of £600.00 for the caring charities the NGS Support.”

Rupert Carthy, managing director of Carthy Accountants added

“We constantly instil on our clients the importance of a healthy work life balance. We regularly run strategy days with our clients helping them focus on their personal, as well as business goals. We find a great recreational activity that helps them relax is gardening. What better way to help forget the stresses and strains of a busy working life than being in the fresh air designing and maintaining a beautiful garden, or even just relaxing in the sunshine in a deckchair. By us supporting the National Gardens Scheme we are not only supporting charity financially but also demonstrating our support that gardening is a relaxing past time!”

NGS Gardens open from the beginning of January and remain open until the end of October. To find out more about the work the NGS do or to find an open garden near you visit www.ngs.org.uk