A LYMM summer garden party has raised nearly £1,800 for popular children’s charity NSPCC.

The event was hosted by Howard and Wendy Platt at Laskey Farm, a scenic, one and half acre site which is part of the prestigious National Open Garden Scheme.

However, it was Cardiff University student Laura Brookes who was responsible for organising the day, volunteering to help NSPCC fundraiser Lesley Loughbridge set up the party and co-ordinate proceedings.

“I wanted to help the NSPCC as it’s such a great charity, and I knew that by organising an event for them, I’d gain some amazing experience,” Laura said.

“The fact that the event was so successful for such a good cause is a real bonus.

“Thanks to Lesley, Howard, Wendy and everyone who helped make the day run so smoothly and raise so much money for the NSPCC.”

Lucky guests were treated to champagne, wine and a range of other food and drink in the specially-landscaped farm, which is usually only opened for the Lymm Garden Festival last month.

But Howard and Wendy generously offered the site – that features five interconnected ponds – to play a key part in the charity’s fundraising initiative this summer.

“It was really terrific of Howard and Wendy to let us use their beautiful gardens, and we’re truly grateful to them and to everyone involved,” Lesley said.

“Laura’s work in the run-up to the event and throughout the day was exemplary, and judging by her voluntary work for the NSPCC, I’m sure she’ll go far in events management.”

Janette Drew, community fundraising manager, added: “The summer lunch was a wonderful event, organised brilliantly by Lesley and Laura.

“We rely on our volunteers to help raise vital funds for the NSPCC, and their work was amazing.

“We’d love to speak to more students who feel they may be able to give up some of their time to help a good cause, and if Laura’s work is anything to go by, I’m sure they’ll be a great benefit to the charity.”

n For more information about how you can help the NSPCC, you can visit nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do, or email janette.drew@nspcc.org.uk.