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Festive Visitors Raise over £12,500 for Local Charities

Our festive visitors have helped us raise over £12,500 as we opened our gates for two charity days on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Over the course of the two days, we welcomed over 6250 visitors, who came to walk off the festive excesses, blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a winter stroll through the historic 200 acre estate with family and friends. These annual charity days proved to be as popular as ever smashing all previous records and helping to kick start the fundraising year for four local charities. The local community and the atmosphere created in the gardens over these charity days was the epitome of generosity showing that Christmas really was ‘the season for giving’.

George Elworthy, our managing director said, “We would like to thank all our visitors and staff who have given so generously on our charity days. We know how much the fundraising means to all the charities and we are delighted to help raise the profile of the wonderful work they all do.”

“We were delighted to hear that Cornwall Air Ambulance had once again been named as one of the chosen charities for the festive charity days at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Being such a well-known and popular attraction in Cornwall, the thousands of visitors on Boxing and New Year’s Day have made a real difference to the lives of those who need critical care. Thank you to everyone involved for your continued support over the years.” Steph Preston-Evans, Fundraising Officer, Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Our visitors raised an incredible £12,985.00 which will be shared equally between this year’s chosen local charities - Cornwall Air Ambulance, People & Gardens, Spectrum and the Sowenna Appeal.

Ken Radford, Manager of People and Gardens said, “We are once again overawed by the support from Heligan Gardens staff, and their lovely visitors.

This money will help us to continue to enable people with physical and emotional impairments to learn work and social skills in order for them to be able to take control over their own lives.”

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