Thanks for visiting, always a pleasure to welcome you.
Here in the Thames Valley, an Open Gardens scheme is run each year to raise money for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.
The charity provides a life-saving service to patients where and when they need it. Their doctor and paramedic crews can deliver a fast, advanced level of critical care at the roadside or other area. They treat an average of three people a day. Each helicopter mission costs £2,500, there is a full range of medical equipment on board and they operate 365 days a year - it is very costly to keep going.
As it only runs through charitable donations and support, the Open Garden scheme is a great idea. It raised over £55,000 in 2015. Over 60 gardens, from large estates to private back gardens, open their gates for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon throughout the Summer charging £4 entrance and providing refreshments as well.
The scheme for this year is coming to an end now but I visited Wellington College recently when they opened their doors for the scheme.
I'll show you a few photos tomorrow.