High Peak blooms to raise funds for Red Cross

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Visitors can soak in the gorgeous views at Dunge Valley Rhododendron Gardens – while helping to raise vital funds for the British Red Cross.

The gardens, which lie between Whaley Bridge and Macclesfield, are the venue for a special fundraising event on Wednesday, May 9, as part of this year’s Red Cross Week.

From 2pm until dusk, visitors can stroll around the colourful gardens, which are packed with early flowering rhododendrons and magnolias in a stunning range of shades. Entry costs £4.

There will be a plant sale, refreshments and a picnic area if people want to bring their own snacks.

The gardens and the 100-acre nature reserve are a haven for wildlife, so bird watchers and animal lovers will be sure to enjoy the surroundings.

Claire Henderson, senior community fundraiser for Greater Manchester and Cheshire, said: “We’re hoping to raise hundreds of pounds, which will help support people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. It’s fantastic that we have this event happening as part of our Red Cross Week efforts across the area.”

Red Cross Week runs from May 6-12, and is an annual week-long fundraising extravaganza of events and collections across the UK.

In the UK, the British Red Cross is involved in helping people in emergencies such as floods, the loan of medical equipment, helping people recover after a hospital stay, and teaching people first aid.

Dunge Valley Rhododendron Gardens are located at Kettleshulme, near Whaley Bridge, High Peak, SK23 7RF.

Call 01663 733787 or visit www.dungevalley.co.uk/ to find out more.