Horticultural show raises hundreds for charity
Published on 1st November 2011
Cash from one of the most popular events in Sandwell's yearly calendar is boosting the coffers of Mayor Councillor Joyce Underhill's charity drive.
The horticultural show staged as part of the Sandwell Community Show over the August bank holiday raised almost £400.
And now the Mayor has been given a cheque for £387 for the two causes she is supporting during her year in office -- the children's diabetes department at Sandwell Hospital and the Prostate Cancer Charity.
The cash -- raised mainly by the horticultural show's biggest vegetable competitions and an auction of produce -- was handed over by Lindsey Blakey, secretary of the Sandwell Allotment Gardeners' Association, who ran a 'guess the weight of the pumpkin' competition.
She and fellow association members brought a new dimension to this year's show, promoting allotments and showcasing bees, chickens and a variety of unusual and standard fruit and vegetables grown by plot holders.
Councillor Derek Rowley, Sandwell's cabinet member for neighbourhood services, said: "It's heartening to see so much work put in by allotment holders -- and their willingness to help the Mayor's charities.
"Staff worked hard to put on a great show and to raise money during the auction, and all concerned deserve a big 'thank you'."