Trail leads to cancer cash boost

Opening at Driftwood, Seaford SUS-140729-110652001
Opening at Driftwood, Seaford SUS-140729-110652001

A garden trail which runs all the way from Eastbourne through Seaford and out to Peacehaven and Telscombe and into Brighton raised a whopping £7,500 for a new cancer centre.

The third annual Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail, organised by Geoff Stonebanks of Driftwood, Seaford, involves a chain of innovative gardeners opening their pride and joy to the public, four of them for the first time this year.

The weather was glorious and the event attracted hundreds of visitors, including mayor of Seaford Mark Brown, mayor of Eastbourne Janet Coles and chairman of Lewes District Council Tony Nicholson.

One of the trail sponsors, Latest Seven, made a film of the event which will be shown when its local TV channel launches in a few weeks’ time.

The trail got underway with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Driftwood, where owner Geoff Stonebanks was interviewed by broadcaster Jonathan Kent on behalf of the World Service.

Sarah Coxhill, Macmillan manager for Sussex, said, “Wanted so say how bowled over I was by the extent of the growth of the event, the following, the coverage, the quality and the enthusiasm.

“Hope you’re feeling proud as punch with yourselves and all that you’ve achieved.”

Driftwood Fundraising Group has raised more than £20,000 for Macmillan in Sussex so far, as well as £23,000 for other local charities.

Another garden trail is being planned for July 2015, although organisers say it is likely this event will be split into two.