RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Flying The Flag for Kent
We are delighted to be working with Chilstone, makers of handcrafted architectural stone and garden ornaments in Tunbridge Wells. Chilstone are back this year at the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show with renowned garden designer Ali Dempster; their beautiful and classic Kew fountain will be named The ellenor Giving Fountain.This will be ellenor’s first time at the show and our patron, Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins joined us on Monday 22 May.
The ellenor Giving Fountain operates with recycled rain water collected from the living sedum roof of Ali Dempster’s specially-designed garden studio. All week we are encouraging visitors to come along to the stand and donate generously to the fountain. As the only children’s hospice at home charity in Kent, all donations enable us to continue to provide care and support for babies, children and their families facing terminal illness.
On Monday 22 May, our patron Charlotte Hawkins unveiled Chilstone’s Leda and the Swan sculpture, depicting Helen of Troy’s conception. This stunning piece was runner up in the prestigious RHS Product of the Year 2017 and the trade stand was awarded 5 stars.
Rachel Holweger, Director of Income Generation at ellenor said ‘We are absolutely delighted to be part of this exciting project at the Chelsea Flower Show this year – what a wonderful opportunity for us to let more people know about the vital care provided by ellenor across Kent and South London to very sick children and adults facing terminal illness. As we are so reliant on funds to provide this care, we are extremely grateful to Chilstone for involving us in this way; and to our patron Charlotte Hawkins for joining us on the Monday. If you are visiting the show across the week, please come and visit the stand and throw some coins into our Fountain – your generosity will allow us to continue to change the lives of people facing terminal illness.’
Gardens offer so many therapeutic benefits and our annual Glorious Gardens fundraising programme asks supporters to open their garden gates to the public – or host their friends and family. This year’s public openings range from a back garden full of snowdrops and hellebores through to a Kentish Cobnut farmer opening his garden gates to the public in July.
Where to Find Us: Stand 84 Hospital Way, adjacent to Main Avenue.