Students and trustees from a Harrogate charity handed out some gardening tips to youngsters when they dropped into Belmont Grosvenor School to pick up a cheque for £10,000.
A summer ball held at the independent prep school raised a record-breaking £20,000 – with the proceeds divided equally between the school’s PTA and Harrogate-based gardening charity Horticap.
And this week, students, staff and trustees from Horticap visited the school, based at Swarcliffe Hall, Birstiwth, to collect a cheque for £10,000 – and help brighten up the school’s 20-acres of grounds.
Belmont Grosvenor School, along with its Magic Tree Nursery, caters for children from three months to 11 years.
Members of the school’s PTA have been raising money for Horticap, which provides adults with learning difficulties training in horticulture, allied crafts and rural skills, for the past year.
As the school’s adopted charity, pupils and Horticap students have worked closely on a number of projects, including making Christmas wreaths, planting Jubilee cherry trees and creating colourful planters.
Joy Allan, Chairman of the Trustees of Horticap, said the charity was delighted with the £10,000 raised by the PTA at Belmont Grosvenor School.
Joy Allan said:
This is a huge amount of money and we are very grateful, But it is not just about money, we have received a tremendous amount of support and encouragement from all the members of the school community and it means a great deal to us.
Our students have thoroughly enjoyed their involvement with Belmont Grosvenor School and we are hoping our good relationship will continue.
Dawn Jennings, vice-chair of the school’s PTA committee, said the relationship that has built up between Horticap and Belmont Grosvenor extended beyond fund-raising.
Dawn Jennings said:
Members of the school’s Eco Club are visiting Horticap to look at its wind turbine as part of their project on sustainable energy and members of the gardening club have worked with Horticap on the planters.
We are delighted to support such a worthwhile cause.