Friary Gardeners named as Hastings Direct's new charity partner

11th February 2013

Hastings Direct staff has nominated Friary Gardeners as its new charity partner for 2013.

Each year Hastings Direct selects a local charity partner to support, for whom their fundraising can make a real difference to.

Friary Gardeners is a registed charity which aims to improve the lives of adults of all ability or disability by offering purposeful occupation and hard work in a relaxed friendly atmosphere.

Each day, 35 to 40 people with differing needs attend the two acre site at Ore Place Farm. Activities include: propagating seeds, which are then sown and grown for sale to the general public; growing fruit and vegetables; assisting less able people in the community to maintain their gardens; crafts and ceramics.

Oli Luck Baker, chair, Hastings Direct's charity committee: "We are impressed with the work Friary Gardeners is doing and how they have evolved to become an integral part of their local community. We are looking forward to supporting them both through fundraising and with by sending over our staff to help the charity with some key projects that need added manpower to complete."

Janice Kelly, manager, Friary Gardeners: "We are delighted to have been nominated and we look forward to working closely with Hastings Direct. We welcome visits from their staff at any time along with any suggestions they might have — or ways they would like to contribute."

About Friary Gardeners

Originally established in 1988, Friary Gardeners is now based at Ore Place Farm — a two acre site of gardens and polytunnels.

Friary Gardeners is a registered charity (number 1081148) which provides support, occupation and education to adults with learning difficulties and disabilities, in a relaxed friendly atmosphere.

Each day, 35–40 people with differing needs attend the two acre site at Ore Place Farm. Activities include: propagating seeds, which are then sown and grown for sale to the general public; growing fruit and vegetables; assisting less able people in the community to maintain their gardens; crafts and ceramics.

The site is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9am–3pm and offers gardeners great quality plants at very competitive prices. All proceeds from sale go to supporting the charity's continued work.

The services at Friary Gardens are commissioned through East Sussex Adult Social Care, local health authorities, the private sector and individuals themselves. All our folk, whatever their degree of ability or disability, work together.

Friary Gardeners has many volunteers and offers work experience to both local secondary and special schools.

www.parchment-trust.org.uk/section.php/4/1/friary_gardeners

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