SOLIHULL MS supporter Sandra Hoskin wept tears of joy when her garden, aimed at helping local people with MS, won an award at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live show.
Sandra is Branch Secretary of the Solihull and District branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, which helps almost 250 local people affected by MS.
Judges from the Royal Horticultural Society, including Chelsea Flower Show experts, gave her a Bronze for her wheelchair-friendly garden ‘A bit of a border’ at the NEC from June 15 – 19. Her exhibit was sponsored by Blooms of Solihull and Meadowgate Nursery at Sidlesham, West Sussex. Thanks to Mark Digines and David Allen respectively.
Sandra, who staged a collection for MS among the thousands of visitors to the garden she designed, said: “I was absolutely ecstatic when I got the award, and I cried.
“The garden was inspired by our newsletter editor Derek Bromhall who does all his gardening from his wheelchair.”
Chris Pettitt, of Wythall, made and donated the dovecote for the Gardeners’ World garden.
Celia Richards, chairman of the Solihull and District Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, said: “It’s great. This was Sandra’s idea and she has put in a huge amount of effort. We are very grateful for her work in aid of Solihull people with MS.”
The branch supports people with respite care and grants for special chairs, beds and scooters and therapy sessions. It receives help from a team of volunteers and holds monthly advice, awareness events and drop-in meetings at the Shirley Community Centre in Stratford Road where people are invited for a confidential chat or a ‘taster session’ of an alternative therapy. Details can be seen at www.mssociety.org.uk/solihull
A Horse Race Night is being held on Saturday July 2 at 7.30pm at The Shirley Centre with tickets at £5 for adults and £2 for children under 10 years including a ploughman’s supper, available from fundraiser Jackie Dawkes on 01564 823627. For information about supporting the work of MS or for help, call the MS branch number, 0121 745 7981, a direct line to support, or firstname.lastname@example.org