Garden parties

Evi in the garden.
Evi in the garden.

CHARITY started at home for Newton Mearns woman Evi Berlow this week, as she opened her garden to the public for a good cause.

The southsider took part in the Scotland’s Gardens scheme – a charity which raises funds for other charities by helping large or small gardens open for visitors – for the Giffnock-based Cosgrove Care.

Evi commented that she breathed a sigh of relief on Sunday morning when she woke up to blue skies, after downpours on Friday and Saturday.

The day continued to be a success, with over 60 people attending – including Cosgrove’s community fundraising officer, Nicola Diamond.

Nicola told The Extra: “I had a great time, and Evi really did spoil us all. There were sandwiches, delicious home baking and tea as we wandered through the garden listening to Evi’s son Matthew’s piano recital.

“I’d like to thank Evi for choosing Cosgrove Care as the beneficiary of her open garden and I’m delighted that she raised over £200.

“Evi has been involved in Cosgrove as a volunteer befriender for many years and wanted a local charity close to her heart to benefit from her beautiful garden”.

Cosgrove Care provides services for adults and children with learning disabilities, and has been operating from Giffnock since it was established in 1961.

It seems that garden parties were the order of the weekend, as another home, in Eaglesham, opened its doors on Saturday in aid of the Gillian Purvis Trust.

Bill and Florence Niven held a tea party in aid of the trust, set up in memory of a young woman who was tragically killed in a house fire in 2004.

The trust, established by her partner Toby Paterson and supported by her family, funds third and final year undergraduate students in textile studies at the Glasgow School of Art and creative writing at Glasgow University, in honour of the 33-year-old’s interest in the arts.

The southside event raised over £1,500, adding to a total of over £20,000 which the trust has awarded to young arts students since it was founded eight years ago. All involved thanked those who have supported by donating, fundraising and providing services “which has led to a fitting tribute and a highly rewarding memorial to Gillian”.

For those looking for a family-friendly event to attend this week, the Thornliebank branch of McDonalds is fundraising for its namesake, Ronald McDonald House, at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Yorkhill.

The southside branch is holding a charity challenge fete, and hopes to raise a minimum of £5,000 for the house, which provides accommodation for the families of children undergoing treatment.

Staff will be joined by the fire service and police, as well as stalls and activities taking place from 11am until 2pm, and all are welcome to attend.