A CANCER support charity has been presented with a cheque for £2,200 after a successful Ilminster garden party.

The party was held at Cottage Flowers, an award-winning florist located at Horton Cross, on Sunday, July 4. 

It was organised by Cottage Flowers owner Angie Blackwell with support from Julie Fowler and Neil and Annie Roden. 

Macmillan Cancer Support's Genevieve Drinkwater was presented with the cheque by Angie, Julie, and Annie last Monday (July 25).

After the presentation, the organisers said: “It was a wonderful evening, and it was thanks to everyone’s generosity, both those who attended as well as those who made donations, that it was such a worthwhile event.”

Tickets for the garden party cost £20, and the price included canapés, wine, and soft drinks. 

There was also a silent auction for three hampers provided by Silver Street Dairy, Bonners the Butchers, and Cottage Flowers with Lloyds Bank, which raised £700.

Speaking after the party, the organisers said they were “delighted that such a convivial evening was enjoyed by all those who attended.”

Chard & Ilminster News: Macmillan's Genevieve Drinkwater with Julie Fowler, Angie Blackwell, and Annie Roden.Macmillan's Genevieve Drinkwater with Julie Fowler, Angie Blackwell, and Annie Roden.

Genevieve Drinkwater, Macmillan senior fundraising manager in the south west, said: “Thank you to all the guests who attended and supported the garden party for Macmillan, you have helped raise vital funds for Macmillan so that we can do whatever it takes to support people living with cancer.

“We cannot thank Cottage Flowers, Angie, Julie, Neil and Annie enough for organising such a wonderful event for Macmillan.”

Macmillan Cancer Support provides “services for people living with cancer at every stage of their cancer experience. We are here to provide emotional, practical, physical, and financial support”.

It also raises money to provide vital cancer services, funds research, and campaigns for better cancer care. 

Macmillan is 98 per cent funded by voluntary donations.

The charity will host its ‘World's Biggest Coffee Morning’ fundraiser in September. 

Julie, a former mayor of Ilminster, will organise Ilminster's participation on Saturday, September 10 at the Archie Gooch Pavilion from 9:30am until 12pm.

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