The Carers' Centre in Bath hosted its first Spring Fayre on 11th April, giving more than 100 people the chance to see the famous 'One Show' Garden for the first time.
The garden was donated to the centre last summer, after featuring at the Royal Hampton Court Flower Show. The designer, Alexandra Noble, was a student at Bath University and used her time in the city as inspiration for her design. Once the Flower Show had finished, the BBC wanted to ensure the garden lived on, and the garden made its way to its final destination – a piece of derelict scrubland next to the Carer’ Centre.
Thanks to the hard work of over 40 local volunteers and support from the Council & local businesses, the scrubland was transformed into a place in which carers, and the people they look after, can relax in.
Janine Woodward-Grant, Senior Development Manager of the Carers’ Centre, said "Research by Carers UK has shown that 80 per cent of carers can feel lonely. A lot of them have less time to spend with friends and family, and enjoying hobbies, especially outdoors.
"The garden gives people space to relax and spend time away from their caring role. They can meet friends, undertake outdoor activities and overcome the loneliness which can often occur”
“It’s great that we were able to show people the garden, and talk about how important it is for carers. They are so often hidden within our society, and we all need to be aware of the vital role they play and the support they need.”
Thanks to the Craft Fayre which took place inside the centre, and the sale of refreshments, the day also raised more than £620 and there are plans for an Autumn Fayre too!
For more information on the work of the Carers Centre, and to find out how you can get involved, sign up to the Carers’ Centre e-newsletter at www.banescarerscentre.org.uk/signup.
If you are a carer, or know a carer who would like help from the Centre, please ring 0800 0388 885.