A record amount of £88,000 has been raised for local charities following the Middlewick Open Gardens event at the Corsham home of Pink Floyd musician Nick Mason and his wife Annette on the weekend of June 3rd – 4th.
It is the largest fundraising tally achieved by the event, beating the previous best figure of £84,000 from last year. The money will be split between Wiltshire Air Ambulance and The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust. Over 8,000 paying guests visited the gardens of Middlewick House across the two days, enjoying the good weather, with the BBQ and cake stands proving popular.
Visitors also enjoyed Nick’s collection of high-performance and classic sports cars, as well as a host of stalls, including plants, gifts and clothing.
Both Wiltshire Air Ambulance and the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust are charities close to Nick and Annette’s hearts; the pair are Ambassadors for Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Annette is Vice Patron for the Bobby Van Trust.
Barbara Gray, Deputy Chief Executive, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said, “We are so thankful to Nick and Annette for hosting this amazing event once more at their beautiful home.
“We were blessed with incredible weather and we are so grateful to the thousands of people who turned up across the weekend to support our charity and the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust.
“The money raised is a huge boost to support our work, as we continue to save lives across Wiltshire, Bath and surrounding areas.”
Jennie Shaw, Director of The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, said, “The Masons’ support of the community never fails to amaze me. They are private people who for a weekend share their time, their home, gardens and their very impressive car collection with visitors.
“Nick and Annette chatted, signed autographs and mixed with their visitors. They were also joined by Nick’s daughters, their families and friends.
“I must thank their neighbours and all those living on Middlewick Lane for coping with thousands of cars descending on their quiet lane one weekend each year.
“I should also like to thank Gist Environmental for their provision of all the waste management and services on-site, plus Kennet Furniture Refurbiz of Devizes for the loan of refrigeration units.
“Finally, I would also like to thank all the volunteers, the traders and visitors who make the day fun and rewarding for us. The weekend broke another record and not the vinyl type!”
Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a charity that has provided Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) across Wiltshire, Bath and surrounding areas since 1990.
The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust works in partnership with the Wiltshire Police and provides a home security service and online safety service for over-60s, 18-plus with a registered disability and works to safeguard people experiencing domestic abuse throughout Wiltshire and Swindon.
Pictured above: Emergency Awareness Training taking place with youngsters at the event earlier this month