£85k raised for injured troops

Pam Dyson of Cascade with staff members Tracy Service, Simon Atkinson, Geogie Robson, Sue Graham, Hazel Doyle and Mike Plant, and the Help for Heroes teddy. (1303193AM1)
Pam Dyson of Cascade with staff members Tracy Service, Simon Atkinson, Geogie Robson, Sue Graham, Hazel Doyle and Mike Plant, and the Help for Heroes teddy. (1303193AM1)

A garden centre in a village near Ripon has raised £85,000 for a new building at an Army recovery base in North Yorkshire.

Cascade garden centre in Bishop Monkton put the money towards the Help for Heroes recovery centre based at Catterick Garrison – the new home of Ripon’s 21 Engineers Regiment from 2017 – to provide support for wounded, injured and sick soldiers.

“The transition from Army to civilian life is one of the hardest tasks soldiers face,” said owner Pam Dyson.

“We can’t imagine how difficult it must be and there are a number of families in Ripon affected by it.”

The fundraising money – collected through a variety of community events from cake sales to prize draws to raffles – will go towards a £13m building enterprise at the centre, where service veterans and their families can make the transition from military to civilian life in a relaxed, understanding and caring environment.

The new building – due to open in May – includes 46 fully accessible en-suite bedrooms, four family rooms, a charity welfare hub, a craft room, a gymnasium with specialist equipment, a retail café and social areas. And now Cascade garden centre staff have been tasked with the job of opening up a calming garden and terrace area at the garrison with an “English country garden’”theme.

“Our planting project is huge,” said Mrs Dyson, 49. “We want to create a tranquil place, which can be an area for reflection.”

–If you would like to donate money or help with the planting on April 27-28 contact Pam on 01765 677456/676727.