Calendar sale raises vital hospice funds
A businessman has raised more than £600 for Katharine House Hospice by selling calendars of a secret garden which he plants each year in memory of his late wife.
Mel Allsopp, who owns Flix Hairdressers in Parsons Street, created the courtyard garden at the business with his wife Elaine shortly before her death from cancer in October 2008.
Since then he has produced three different calendars depicting images of the garden, which has scooped a Banbury in Bloom double award on three occasions.
This year the sale of the calendars has raised £600 for the Adderbury hospice.
“It’s only fitting that I’ve carried on with the garden, it’s Elaine’s legacy,” said Mr Allsopp.
“It’s an absolute privilege to be affiliated with Katharine House, they are very special people that work there and the support they give to families is absolutely fantastic,” he added.
Mr Allsopp turned 60 on Saturday, March 2 and at a special party held at the Holt Hotel at Hopcrofts Holt on Sunday, March 3, his friends and family donated a further £400 for the hospice as a substitute for birthday gifts.
“It was an excellent day and my mother, who is 85, particularly enjoyed it,” said Mr Allsopp.
Sue Lane, fundraising manager for Katharine House, said: “We are so grateful to Mel for a further outstanding contribution of £1,000 towards the work of the hospice.
“It will cost £2.5 million this year to run all our services and we still need to raise more than £4,000 every day of the year from the community to fund it.
“It is only through supporters such as Mel that we are able to achieve our aims.”
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