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Horticultural mental health charity urges people to donate their first new tenner

Growing Well’s Growing Manager James Smith with Maz Goodwin who made the #firsttenner donation.

[A] South Lakes charity that uses horticulture to help adults and children recover from mental ill health is urging people to donate their first new tenner to grow the support the charity can give.

Growing Well, an award winning 13 year old charity, based on an organic six acre farm at Sizergh near Kendal, supports over a 100 people a year. It does this by offering opportunities to grow fruit and vegetables, produce food in the field kitchen and help with the running of the charity.

The first to donate was beneficiary Maz Goodwin who has says volunteering with horticultural work on the field has helped her with her mental health problems.

General Manager, Clairelouise Chapman says the charity has a long list of equipment that would make a big difference to the support it provides. She said:

“If people could donate their first new plastic tenner it could buy us anything from work gloves, a special catering bin to a new irrigation system, and even a second hand tractor.

“We are a mental health charity, an organic farm and a training centre. If people are feeling depressed, anxious or finding everyday life difficult, then we may be able to help. Our support is free, and people usually are referred to us by their GP or another NHS service. We rely upon charitable donations to enable us to do our work.

“If anyone would like to make a donation they should visit” added Clairelouise.

To find out more about the work of Growing Well and the services it offers visit:

Charities across the UK were quick to pick up on the social media storm created by the launch of the new polymer £5 note last year, raising an estimated £12.5m for good causes.

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