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Middlewick event raises record amount for local charities

A record amount of £52,000 has been raised for local charities through the Middlewick Open Gardens event at the Corsham home of Pink Floyd musician Nick Mason and his wife Annette.

It is the most the event has ever raised, beating the previous best figure of £40,000 in 2019. The money will be split between Wiltshire Air Ambulance and The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust.

The event was cancelled last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic and ran with restricted numbers this time around to ensure social distancing could be adhered to.

Boosted by warm weather, around 5,000 people visited the gardens of Middlewick House across the two days (26 and 27 June) and they were treated to a host of stalls, including plants, gifts and fine art.

The BBQ and cake stands were busy throughout the weekend and visitors were also attracted to Nick’s stunning collection of sports and classic cars.

Both the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust and Wiltshire Air Ambulance are charities that are close to Nick and Annette’s hearts; the pair are Ambassadors for Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Annette is Patron for the Bobby Van Trust.

Nick Mason said: “Annette and I are thrilled at the support our open gardens event received, which in turn has raised vital funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance and The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust. Both charities do such wonderful work in the community helping people in need.”

Wiltshire Air Ambulance director of fundraising and communications Barbara Gray said: “It has been a long time since everyone has been able to enjoy an event of this nature, so we are so grateful to Nick and Annette Mason for supporting both charities and to everyone who attended the open gardens event. The money raised is a real boost for our charity as we continue to save lives across Wiltshire and Bath.”

Jennie Shaw, director of The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, said: “We are delighted by the success of the event and the amount raised for local charities sets a new record. We’d like to thank everyone who visited, volunteered at the event and donated items for the café. We are particularly grateful to the neighbours living on Middlewick Lane and to Mr and Mrs Jones who kindly gave us access of their land. After all that has happened over the past 18 months, we couldn’t wish for a better event.”

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