September 18, 2008

Garden Grows Charity Funding

By liz perkins

A Green-fingered Gower couple have helped funds blossom for prostate cancer patients.

Elaine and Peter Phillips managed to raise pounds1,260 in the space of an afternoon after opening the gates of their awarding- winning Llethryd garden to the public.

Visitors were charged pounds2.50 each for the chance to admire the summer flowers, lawns and features to help the prostate cancer research fund.

Cash was also raised for the fund by the three-times Swansea in Bloom contest winners through the sale of food and drink.

The organisation was set up three years ago by city urology experts, who are looking to design research projects to treat local prostate cancer sufferers.

Mrs Phillips said they were grateful to the public for supporting their fund- raising drive.

She said: "It was a very busy afternoon, and the money soon started adding up.

"The cottage is in a beautiful countryside location, and lots of gardeners and people with an interest in different flowers came along.

"When we thought of the idea a few years ago we didn't know what to expect, but it's evolved since then.

"We've had support from the Evening Post with publicity, and we put up posters to encourage people to come along.

She added: "We can't thank everyone who's helped out enough."

It is the fourth time the couple have helped raise cash for charity through inviting people to take a look around their cottage garden, with herbaceous borders, Mediterranean, Oriental and Polynesian gardens.

So far, Macmillian Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK and stroke sufferers at Singleton Hospital, have all benefited from their fund- raising efforts.

Mr Phillips said the couple hoped to push the cash total even higher next time around.

"We decided to give the money to the prostate cancer research fund because it's a really worthwhile local initiative," he said.

"We aim to raise pounds2,000 next year."

Start-up funds are on offer to health professionals to advance research locally into prostate cancer, in a drive to improve patient care.

The disease is the most common male cancer in Britain, and around 500 prostate cancer patients are treated at Swansea's hospitals each year.

Consultant urologist Pradeep Bose, who accepted the cash on behalf of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust, said: "We're very grateful for this substantial donation to our research fund.

"It will help us continue our research to help local patients with this form of cancer."

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