Old age ends annual fundraising garden event

PUBLISHED: 06:30 03 August 2016

Exmouth mayor Brian Cole and his wife Beryl joined Woodbury resident Jean Carpenter and supporters at her open garden fund raising event in aid of the RNLI on Sunday. Ref exe 30-16SH 3268. Picture: Simon Horn.

Exmouth mayor Brian Cole and his wife Beryl joined Woodbury resident Jean Carpenter and supporters at her open garden fund raising event in aid of the RNLI on Sunday. Ref exe 30-16SH 3268. Picture: Simon Horn.

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A pensioner from Woodbury says old age has prompted her to call time on opening her garden for charity.

Jean Carpenter, aged 90, of Beeches Close, Woodbury, has been raising money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution for 40 years. She spent up to four hours a day looking after her extensive range of plants, which include dahlias, roses, lilies and chrysanthemums, in order to prepare her garden for the annual RNLI event.

Jean has hired a gardener from Exmouth to help keep her garden in shape.

She said she can no longer maintain her garden and will miss attending to her plants the most.

She said: “I have opened my garden three years’ running and this one will be my last. Most of the people I knew coming in were friends of mine, but it was also nice meeting strangers from Budleigh and Exmouth.”

“I love flowers and I love plants. I can’t bear to see a flower die.”

Jean has no plans to stop fundraising, although she is to have a rest before organising anything else.

She raised £383 by opening garden for the RNLI through entry costs, selling cream teas and plants. In total this year, she has raised £1,030 for the charity.


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