On the 9th June residents from the beautiful Sussex village of Bosham opened their garden gates to the public for the third year running to raise awareness and funds for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT). Visitors were able to explore over 20 beautiful spaces from rose gardens and herbaceous borders, to vegetable and container gardening whilst enjoying plant sales, afternoon tea, homemade cakes and wonderful harbourside lunches.

The Bosham Committee was first formed in 1993 to persuade the village to open their gardens for charity. Since 2015 committee members Lucinda Hitchings, Cass Macpherson, Ros Bowen and Rosemary Hanbury have led this fantastic event choosing to support CPT’s work as Lucinda’s father lived with Parkinson’s. Rosemary said:

“Bosham is a friendly close-knit village and we soon had gardens signed up to open and were enormously pleased to make £14,000 for CPT that first year.

Subsequently we have run the event in 2017 and 2019 and with added publicity and enthusiasm from the four committee members, together with the help of the villagers who all pulled together putting up posters, baking cakes and growing plants as well as working tirelessly on their gardens, we have managed to raise in the region of £16,000 in both 2017 and 2019 giving a magnificent total of £46,000 to CPT from this event.”

CPT would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the fantastic Bosham Committee, the residents and the many visitors for their incredible hard work and support over the last five years fundraising for CPT's research into a cure for Parkinson's.  

If you feel inspired by the Bosham Committee and residents and would like to organise a community fundraiser please contact Julia to discuss ideas or call 020 7487 3892.