The beginning of August saw Phyllis Tuckwell’s final 2023 plant sale and the last at its old hospice building.

Many green-fingered supporters went along to pick up some two-for-one bargains and be part of the special moment.

Phyllis Tuckwell has been holding monthly plant sales at its hospice in Waverley Lane for 25 years. Growing from very small beginnings, they have become a much looked forward to event in the calendar for local plant lovers.

They have always included a wide variety of beautiful flowers, shrubs, trees and vegetables, all of which have been donated by the generous local community.

All the money raised goes directly towards helping fund the supportive and end-of-life care that Phyllis Tuckwell provides for local patients and families living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer.

In 2023 alone, the sales raised more than £5,470, enough to pay for nearly two months’ care from one of Phyllis Tuckwell’s counsellors, who provide emotional support to patients and their families and carers.

The August plant sale was the last to be held at the old hospice building as the charity plans to build a new hospice on this existing site. Demolition of the old building is due to take place in November/December, with building work planned to start from January 2024 and the charity aiming to move into its new hospice by January 2026. 

“Our last plant sale of 2023, and the last in our old hospice building, was a very special event,” said Ruth Masters, head of community, corporate and events fundraising at Phyllis Tuckwell.