BARNSLEY Hospice has urged the public to show off their green fingers in a bid to find Barnsley’s best garden. 


The competition is part of the hospice’s ongoing bid to secure funds after the coronavirus pandemic has left the facility with losses of almost £2,300 per day. 


Figures released in March showed that the hospice needs to raise almost £2m each year to continue to provide care to patients with life-limiting illnesses. 


However this was made more difficult when the coronavirus pandemic meant that nearly all the planned fundraising events were cancelled. 


Julie Ferry, the hospice’s chief executive, said: “We know this is a worrying time for everyone, but we are appealing to the people of Barnsley to not forget about their local hospice.


“Our incredible inpatient unit staff continue to deliver compassionate end-of-life care, but we need help now more than ever in these unprecedented times. 


Now, Barnsley residents are being encouraged to show off their gardens - while raising cash for the facility. 


The Barnsley’s Best Garden Competition will run until August and aims to find the best gardens across the borough. 


Entrants are encouraged to make a donation with their application and could be in with the chance of winning one of three prizes. 


A spokesperson for the hospice said: “Are you proud of your garden? Why not show it off and raise some funds whilst doing so?


“Maybe it’s time to dig deep and transform your garden - either way we would love to see what you come up with.”


Entries close on August 30, and a winner will be announced in September. 



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