Middlewick House event raises record £123K for Wiltshire charities

By Nick Batten on 17 June, 2024

A record total of £123,000 has been raised for essential Wiltshire charities from the annual Middlewick House Open Garden event. 

Over 11,000 people visited the home of Nick and Annette Mason over the weekend of 8th -9th June to support Wiltshire Air Ambulance and The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust

The annual Open Garden event is now thought to be the biggest fundraiser in the county, with both charities receiving over £61,000 each – a 38 per cent increase from last year’s event. 

Visitors to the picturesque surroundings were able to walk around the walled garden, browse over 60 stalls from local traders, as well as enjoying something to eat and drink from the BBQ and café. 

Nick Mason (right) chats with sponsors Grist Environmental

Pink Floyd drummer Nick was on hand to sign autographs and pose for pictures, as well as displaying his collection of sports cars. Local car clubs bolstered the number of sports vehicles on site, including Jaguar, Lotus, Ferrari, and Porsche. 

Children played games in the garden, enjoying inflatable slides and the bouncy castle, as well as waving to Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s helicopter as it circled overhead. 

Jennie Shaw, Director of The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, said, “This is the perfect example of charities working in partnership to raise funds which directly benefit the local community. 

“We are so thankful for the support of the residents in Pickwick and Middlewick Lane because without their understanding, this event would not happen. 

“On site the staff at Middlewick House were tremendous once more, as they have been over the last 12 years as the event has grown and grown. 

“Finally, I want to thank our main sponsor Grist Environmental, as well as Toby Haynes Family Butchers in Corsham, KFR Devizes, Wiltshire Farm Foods, Bakkavor and the local supermarkets for all donating to the event.” 

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Deputy Chief Executive Barbara Gray added, “Once again, we are so grateful to Nick and Annette for opening their home to the public to help raise vital funds for two essential local charities. 

“We are also indebted to the many staff and volunteers from the two charities, without whom we wouldn’t have been able to make the event such a huge success.”

Pictured: (top of page) Wiltshire Air Ambulance mascot Marsha outside Middlewick House