Remembrance area created in pub beer garden

il Richardson in the new remembrance area at The Bull Inn.

A remembrance area created to raise money for a local hospice care charity will be officially unveiled at a popular pub later this month.

Herriot Hospice Homecare will be the beneficiary of the new area in the garden – dubbed Yorkshire’s finest riverside beer garden – of The Bull Inn in West Tanfield.

It has been created by award-winning garden and landscape designer Matthew Wilson, with Alistair Baldwin, of ‘Colour Your Garden’ in Baldersby, supplying and planting up the design.

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This includes a pergola where people will be invited to donate to hang wooden hearts with a message or coloured ribbon in memory of a loved one, with all the money raised going to support Herriot, a local charity providing care to families affected by terminal illness across the communities of Hambleton and Richmondshire.

The remembrance area will be unveiled at a tea and Pimm’s event at the pub at 3.30pm on Friday 18th August. Hearts are available at £25 each and ribbons will be available to be tied on the pergola for any donation. Everyone is welcome and The Bull Inn will take any donations on the day – all money raised will go directly to the charity.

The event coincides with The Bull Inn becoming the latest member of the 1992 Club, a new corporate initiative set up to mark the 25th anniversary of Herriot Hospice Homecare, and helping the organisation to support more people in their homes across the district.

The Bull Inn joins a select group of local and regional companies committed to supporting the charity’s future vision through a contribution of £1,992 in recognition of the date Herriot Hospice Homecare was founded.

Gil Richardson, owner of The Bull Inn, said: “We have long been supporters of Herriot Hospice Homecare so we are delighted to become part of the 1992 Club and we look forward to raising as much money for the charity as possible.”

Paula Moore, Assistant Fundraiser at Herriot Hospice Homecare, said: “We are delighted to welcome The Bull Inn as the latest business to invest in vital local hospice care as part of our fast-growing 1992 Club.

“We would like to thank the people and organisations involved in creating this special remembrance area, which we hope will be a positive and meaningful way for the community to pay tribute to loved ones.

“Without the amazing support of businesses in our community, Herriot would simply not be able to continue providing the care that local people need, want and deserve.”

Gil added: “Matthew and his wife Jane used to live in West Tanfield and still have a house in the village so when I decided to go ahead with the remembrance area, I couldn’t have asked for a more qualified person to do it.”

“Last year, Matthew’s garden was voted a ‘The People’s Choice’ at Chelsea Flower Show and The Bull Inn was voted ‘Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub’ so it was an interesting project for two award winners to come together for.

“People always comment on how nice the garden is, facing out onto the River Ure and with the 18th century bridge in the garden, so it’s great to be able to provide a dedicated area where people can remember a loved one in beautiful surroundings.”

In the charity’s milestone anniversary year Herriot is inviting more businesses across the region to support local hospice care. To find out more about the unique benefits of a partnership with your local hospice, contact the Herriot Hospice Homecare fundraising team on (01609) 777413.