Marie Curie's Chief Executive Jane Collins Challenged Anneka at the recent NGS Festival Weekend
by Hannah Rafferty Senior Fundraising Product Manager For the past 12 years, the National Garden Scheme (NGS) has been supporting nursing charities such as Marie Curie, by opening gardens across the country to raise money. In that time they have raised a staggering £34million, with £6million going to Marie Curie. This year the NGS went one step further by launching the first ever NGS Festival. On the 15-16 June, more than 800 gardens across the country opened their gates hoping to raise over £500,000. Many of the events had music, cake and plant sales, all with the aim of raising much needed money. To add even more excitement to this year’s festivities, TV presenter Anneka Rice relived her role from Treasure Hunt and Challenge Anneka, taking to the skies in a helicopter to visit five of the of the gardens taking part. Our Chief Executive, Dr Jane Collins was lucky enough to talk to her, highlighting the fantastic work the NGS has done for Marie Curie. Even though the festival is now over, you can still visit one of your local NGS gardens during the summer and raise money for Marie Curie and other charities. We want to say a massive thank you to the NGS for their continued support. The money they’ve raised has gone towards providing people with terminal illnesses with the care they need at home or in one of our hospices.