Autumn fair fundraiser for Parkinson’s Disease Society

Sunday 21 October, 11am-5pm, High Beeches Woodland and Water Garden, Handcross, West Sussex, will be the venue for an Autumn Fair in aid of the Horsham branch of the Parkinson’s Disease Society.

Come along and shop from a delightful choice of stalls including hardy and alpine plants, homemade cakes, arts and crafts, traditional wooden games, jewellery, children’s books, cards and a tombola.

Monies raised will go to the Horsham Branch of the Parkinson’s Disease Society. One in 400 people has Parkinson’s disease. The Horsham Branch is particularly active and supports a considerable number of local people, as well as donating funds for research. Services funded for local people include specialist Parkinson’s nurses, a community support worker and most importantly, ongoing exercise sessions run by qualified physiotherapists at Horsham Hospital. In addition Pilates, Table Tennis, Art and Speech Therapy are offered one afternoon each week at Christ’s Hospital School.

To find out more about the local branch, please contact Carol Matthews, branch secretary, 01403 263882 or Paul Dodd, chairman, 01403 266173. Branch activities include; monthly social meetings, outings such as cream teas, garden parties and fundraising events.

Parkinson’s Disease affects the pathways in the brain so that messages in the body have difficulty getting through. This can affect speech, swallowing and mobility. Once moving, a Parkinson suffer can keep going, it’s getting started that’s really difficult! Medication can be awkward to balance as suffers have to take a variety of drugs. Exercise is extremely important, but NHS support is limited so the extra help that the Parkinson’s Disease Society provides is vital.

High Beeches Garden has probably the best autumn colour in Sussex with stunning vistas of scarlet, lime green, orange, butter yellow and dark green. The garden is the ideal venue in which to enjoy the opportunity to support a good cause while shopping at an historically important and beautiful garden. Delicious food from the licensed Tea Room and Restaurant includes snacks, lunches and cream teas – all at reasonable prices and fully accessible to disabled visitors. Visitors are also welcome to use the picnic area.

The garden opens 1-5pm everyday except Wednesday – until 31 October. Groups and coaches are welcome by appointment; guided tours are available by prior appointment. Garden entry is £6.50. Children aged under 14 are admitted free of charge.