She took the opportunity to encourage seasoned gardeners to share their passion for the outdoors with younger generations.
She explained: “My grandma was one of the biggest influences on my love of gardening. Sadly, she died of stomach cancer when I was eight years old. To this day the smell of pelargonium and tomato foliage takes me back to memories of helping her in her garden.
“My aunt shared my grandma’s passion and when she inherited that garden, she continued to nurture it over the years. Sadly she was also diagnosed with cancer and when she became terminally ill, I was able to help her to keep on top of the work in that same garden I had tended as a child. I am proud to be able to support Macmillan and hope to inspire others to share their gardening legacy with their loved ones - without my family serving as my inspiration, perhaps I would never have realised my passion for gardening.”
While visiting the garden, Frances also unveiled Macmillan’s ‘Living Tree’, a performance choreographed by the director of the Yellow Room Theatre, Jo Harris.
Jo explained: “The performance embodies the idea of strength and stability, using the changing of the seasons as a way of representing the services that Macmillan provides to people affected by cancer.
“The idea of laying down roots, the cyclical nature of the seasons as well as growth and development for the future help to embody the positive nature of a Legacy. The story of cancer is changing and a Legacy to Macmillan can ensure that the future generation of people affected by cancer have a Macmillan team in their corner, should they need one.”
This year’s garden has been designed for the second year running by Becky Govier, winner of last year’s silver award. The legacy of Macmillan Cancer Support founder, Douglas Macmillan is the inspiration for the garden and encourages visitors to consider their own legacy and the difference that gifts in wills can make to the lives of others.
There are currently two million people living with cancer in the UK – a number set to double by 2030. Without the necessary funding, helping people to reclaim their lives from cancer through medical, practical, financial or emotional support, will prove more of a challenge than ever.
Legacy donations, or gifts in wills, make up almost a third of Macmillan’s entire income, playing a vital role in ensuring the charity is able to provide support to people affected by cancer. ENDS
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About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk
About leaving a legacy to Macmillan
By leaving a gift to Macmillan, you’ll be helping us be there for even more people affected by cancer – including the people who matter to you, if they ever need us. So that no one has to face cancer alone.
For more details, call us free on 0800 107 4448 or email: leavealegacy@
You can also find more information online at macmillan.org.uk/
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