Alzheimer’s Society (North Somerset Branch)

Avalon Camps, Mark, Somerset

Burnham & Highbridge Sea Cadets, Somerset

Burnham-on-Sea RC Church

Cheddar Local Action Team

Children’s Hospice South West

Churchill Music!

Crook Peak Parish, Somerset

Crook Peak Project, Somerset

Cross Memorial Hall, Somerset

Friends of Axbridge Church, Axbridge, Somerset

Friends of St Gregory’s Church, Weare, Somerset

Friends of Weare Church, Somerset

Headway Somerset (The Brain Injury Association)

Locking Primary School, North Somerset

Loxton & Christon Village Hall & Churches, Somerset

Mid-Somerset Alzheimer’s Society

National Association for Children of Alcoholics, Bristol

National Gardens Scheme

Our Lady and the English Martyrs RC Church, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset

Our Lady Queen of Apostles RC Church, Cheddar, Somerset

Prostate Cancer Care & Research Centre, Bristol

Royal National Institute for the Deaf, Bath, Somerset

Somerset Association for the Blind

Speak Up Somerset

St Andrew’s Church, Compton Bishop, Somerset

St Mary’s Church, Wedmore, Somerset

The Kings of Wessex School, Cheddar, Somerset

The SWORD Fund, Bristol

Weare First School, Somerset

Wedmore Tuesday Club, Somerset

Wedmore Twinning Association, Somerset

West of England MS Therapy Centre

Weston Aerobic Gymnastics Club, North Somerset

Weston Hospicecare

Weston Woodturning Circle

Winscombe Primary School, North Somerset

Wrington C of E Primary School, North Somerset

Wavering Down


Open days and charity events at Wavering Down House and Gardens have so far raised more than £75,000 for good causes.

Highlights at Frankie Howerd’s former home in Cross, near Cheddar, Somerset, UK, have included:

An Up Pompeii party
A concert with The Wurzels
A classic car rally
Opera by singer Tim Pitman
Jazz in the Garden
Tribute bands Abba 2 Bjorn Belief and Kings of Queen

Many charities, primarily in the South West of England, have been helped by money raised at these events.

Click on the list on the left to see a selection of excerpts from the lovely thank-you letters we have received.

Weston Hospicecare

October, 2007
On behalf of everyone at Weston Hospicecare, I would like to thank you for your generous donation of £350 from a day in the garden at the Frankie Howerd estate. Weston Hospicecare’s running cost is around £1.7million a year and we are heavily reliant on the support and generosity of the local community. Your gift will go towards the continuation of our work, supporting local people with life-threatening conditions and their families. Once again, thank you for supporting Weston Hospicecare.

July, 2007
On behalf of everyone at Weston Hospicecare, I would like to thank you for your generous donation of £150.00. Your gift will go towards the continuation of our work, supporting local people with life-threatening conditions and their families. Once again, thank you for your continued support of Weston Hospicecare.

January, 2007
I would like to confirm that the total amount we have raised from Frankie Howerd’s garden events for 2005 and 2006 is £1,003.74. We also received a cheque for the amount of £358.68 in 2005.
We also received a cheque for the hospice via Abbey National Building Society for the amount of £510.00 with matched funding which has been received of another £510.00. I hope this clarifies the income we are pleased to receive from your kindness in the use of your house and garden.

November, 2006
Many thanks for the kind contribution to our funding of £228.58, for which we are very grateful. The total amount we raised this year from your generous support by allowing us the use of your home and gardens amounts to: £402.78. Thank you so much.

November, 2005
On behalf of everyone at Weston Hospicecare, we would like to thank you for your very kind donation of £358.68, which you raised by opening up your beautiful gardens this summer. This really will make a difference to the patients and their families, who rely on the hospice for care and support. Your help is very much appreciated. Once again, thank you for your support of the hospice AND the lovely chocolates! They have been shared out amongst the staff and have been eaten already!

August, 2005
I am just writing on behalf of the Friends of Weston Hospicecare to thank you for giving us the pleasure of visiting your lovely premises. Our particular organisation manned a number of stalls on the day as well as being able to help with the cream teas. I am pleased to tell you that these efforts alone raised the sum of £873.46. You will be aware that the amount that we collect is used exclusively to help the ongoing work of the hospice here in Weston and we greatly appreciate your help in providing this opportunity for us. In addition, on these occasions we always get the chance to meet new friends and talk to them about our work. Thank you once again and I hope that we may get the opportunity to work together at some other time in the future.

August, 2005
What a fantastic day we had yesterday! Thanks to your generosity in opening your gardens to the public, Weston Hospicecare has raised £873.46. I am sure that you will be as delighted as we are. With annual running costs of over £1.5million, the hospice relies heavily on the support of the local community and we really appreciate the opportunity you gave us to raise awareness and funds. All of the volunteers thoroughly enjoyed the day and the chance to walk around the gardens that were so important to Frankie Howerd. Thank you once again for all of your help, both in advance of the event and on the day. It was a pleasure to be involved and I hope that the remaining open days are as successful. Please do think of Weston Hospicecare if you decide to run the event again next year — it would be a privilege to take part again. Once again, thank you for your support of Weston Hospicecare. It is very much appreciated.



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