Cancer charity to have showcase garden at Flower Show

Cancer charity to have showcase garden at Flower Show

by Tom Martin (August 2022)

CANCER charity Macmillan will exhibit its showcase garden at the Southport Flower Show.

Macmillan’s garden, called ‘A Growing Legacy’, will celebrate gifts left to the charity in the wills of its supporters.

The garden, designed by landscape architects Max Murrell and Sarah Craft, will feature a path representing people who have walked their own cancer journey. The path will lead to a statement sculpture featuring handmade balls of seed, earth and clay.

Designed in a way that will make visitors pause and reflect on the impact of cancer, the garden celebrates and remembers people who have chosen to leave gifts to Macmillan in their wills and encourages visitors to consider leaving a similar donation to the charity in the future.

It is one of the event’s show gardens and will be judged by an expert panel.

The flower show, which takes place between Thursday 18 and Sunday 21 August, is one of the most popular events in the Southport calendar and is expected to be visited by tens of thousands of show-goers.

Jessica O’Brien, Legacy Promotions Officer at Macmillan, said: “Around 3,000 people left a gift in their will to Macmillan in 2021 – a total of £90.4 million, over a third of the total amount we raised last year.

“That’s why we wanted to use our garden at this year’s Southport Flower Show to pay tribute to all those people who choose to leave us a gift in their will while also encouraging our brilliant supporters both new and old to consider leaving a legacy donation in the future.

“With more and more people living with cancer each year, gifts in wills will be needed more than ever. One in two people will get cancer in their lifetime and by 2030 an estimated 4 million people are expected to be living with the disease. As the number of people diagnosed increases, so does the need for our services.

“Gifts in wills help us be there with the clinical, financial and emotional support that's so incredibly important when you're living with cancer.

“We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the flower show later this month.”

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