Facing Fear; Finding Hope
The idea for the show garden ‘Facing Fear; Finding Hope’ in support of charity Crohn's and Colitis UK, was conceived by Denise Shields.
Denise has experienced first hand the devastating effects of Crohn's Disease as her son had a severe relapse of the disease in 2013 which nearly cost him his life, changing it forever in the process.
The garden at the RHS’ annual flower show at Tatton Park shares the story of an individual's emotional journey of what it is like to live with Crohn's Disease, through illness and recovery.
The garden was designed by Rory Tompsett of Actual Landscapes and Peter Hulland, working with Denise and her son who provided the initial inspiration for the design.
The garden is both about raising awareness and fundraising. It’s an opportunity to share information about the charity with the show’s visitors, whilst also highlighting the need to raise funds to continue its incredible work.
Every thirty minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. Despite this, awareness of both conditions is poor.
In the UK more than 300,000 people are known to be affected by the conditions which affect people both physically and emotionally.
Those with the disease may face a daily battle with the often devastating impact of their symptoms but to observers the condition is not apparent and they may appear perfectly healthy.
Denise said: “Please find it in your heart to make a donation to the charity, so that a huge amount of money can be raised in the hope that one day a research programme will find a cure for these terrible diseases.”
At the end of the show as much of the garden as possible will be sold or auctioned. Crohn’s and Colitis UK will receive all of the proceeds.
In the meantime, however, it will be on proud display for visitors to the show - and better yet, the green was awarded a gold in this year’s judging!
Please see www.justgiving.com/fundraising/crohnsgarden if you’d like to make a donation.