Charity coffee morning
10th October 2017
Garden Centre raises funds in memory of beloved staff member.

As a chain of family-run Sussex garden centres hold their annual coffee morning at three sites on Friday 13 October, proceeds from all fundraising activities along with hot drink sales on the morning are donated to chosen hospices across Sussex.
The event, which runs from 9am to 1pm, has been running since 2011, and helps raise finds and awareness for St Wilfred’s in Eastbourne, St Peter and St James’ in Chailey and the Martlets in Hove.
Staff at Mayberry Garden Centre, in Portslade, whose chosen charity is local hospice The Martlets, have decided to raise the bar in their fundraising efforts this year, following the recent loss of much-loved Coffee Shop Manager Nicole Priest.
As the Old Shoreham Road centre’s Director, Darren Clift explains, the coffee morning will have a poignant edge this year. “Nikki was a hugely popular figure with staff and customers alike and grew the coffee shop to what it is today from scratch. She was a great supporter of this event too. The hospice was there for her during a long illness she bravely fought and I know she valued everything they did for her and her family hugely. This is the first coffee morning since we lost Nikki and the team are determined to make it a record fundraising year in her memory.”
Activities for this year include a charity raffle, with the chance to win one of three specialy-created Mayberry Hampers baked and pieced together by our in store baker, Ben Gray. Each contains homemade cakes, scones, shortbread, Florentines, cheese straws, and a selection of traditional soft drinks, jams and chutneys. Tickets are £1 each, and with almost 300 sold already, the raffle is proving popular with garden centre customers.
PICTURED are Corole Hilliard & Ben Gray with one of the Mayberry special hampers
Media info from :
Rebecca Houghton-Knapp
Tel: 01273 845232