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Weʼre raising £1,500 to support horticultural therapy in a garden project working with people who have mental health challenges

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Raising funds for curved benches in GreenHealth Thames Valley sensory garden

GreenHealth Thames Valley is a small charity based in Whitley, near Reading, Berkshire, UK that works with people with mental health challenges through horticultural therapy. You can read about the project on

The garden is an opportunity to help people grow, not just plants. The project uses horticultural principles and practices working closely with nature. Whitley is the second most deprived area in England. The project works with people from across Reading.

Philip Rance and his sister Susanna are supporting GreenHealth in a campaign coordinated with horticultural therapist Sara Kopp. We are fundraising for some curved benches to be designed, built and installed around a circular space in the project's sensory garden. We will run the campaign until 30th September 2018. Our target amount is £1,500.

The benches will enable the garden's users, volunteers and visitors to feel more directly grounded as they sit with their feet on a grassy or paved area, absorbing the earth's energies and the beautiful environment.

Philip Rance, a member of the garden project, says: "Working in the garden project has improved my diet immensely. It has put me in touch with people who have similar mental health needs. One part of the garden is for growing produce, and the other part, which is new, is the sensory garden which has been created for young people to increase their awareness of nature. The benches would be aesthetically pleasing and enhance the value of the sensory garden."

Please support our curved benches campaign. Donations of any amount will be gratefully received and all funds raised will go to GreenHealth Thames Valley.

Feel free to circulate this campaign appeal on social media, by e-mail and word of mouth.

Thanks for reading this, and we look forward to your support!

Philip Rance - garden project member

Susanna Rance - relative

Sara Kopp - Horticultural Therapist

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  • Susanna Rance16 days ago
    Susanna Rance

    Susanna Rance

    16 days ago

    Philip says: "We're creating a herb plot and we've got results after one week. Some volunteers did a fantastic job making a 20 foot raised bed in a polytunnel and painting 3 garden huts. We've got an influx of butterflies which is great, but we had to put nets over the cabbages to stop the Cabbage White butterflies from eating them. We aren't spraying or using any non-biodegradable products because the garden is organic. We can't use hoses during the heat wave, but we're using watering cans with special support from our volunteer Megan."

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  • Susanna Rance16 days ago
    Susanna Rance

    Susanna Rance

    16 days ago

    Dear supporters, here's an update on what we've all achieved so far. We have reached 27% of our target in the first three weeks of the campaign. With 13 family and friends supporters, we have raised 410 pounds. Thanks to everyone for your generosity and encouragement. Thanks to everyone for sharing the link to our JustGiving page. Continuing to do this will really help us to reach our target. Lots of love to you all and keep cool,Philip and Susanna

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  • Susanna Rance1 month ago
    Susanna Rance

    Susanna Rance

    1 month ago

    Dear lovely supporters, Thanks to each and every one of you for your kindness and generosity in getting our campaign going with your donations, and putting the word out there about it. In just the first three days we have raised 14% of our target! It's great to see you all involved and receive your messages. Do keep posting the link in your networks, as this will help us to reach our goal. I will relay the latest to Philip now. Love and more news soon, Susanna/Mum

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1 month ago

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Page last updated on: 8/8/2018 2:44 PM



  • Romi Jones

    Romi Jones

    Aug 8, 2018

    sounds like a lovely project..good luck!


  • Kate Nelson

    Kate Nelson

    Aug 7, 2018

    What a wonderful initiative. Please give Philip a big hug from me and thank you so much for supporting him in this venture. Lots of love to you both xxx


  • Rohit K Dasgupta

    Rohit K Dasgupta

    Aug 4, 2018

    All the best


  • Susanna Rance

    Susanna Rance

    Aug 4, 2018

    From Susanna with love for the garden benches and horticultural therapy project

  • Susanna Rance

    Susanna Rance

    Aug 4, 2018

    from Philip for the sensory garden benches campaign!


  • Katurah Horton

    Katurah Horton

    Jul 31, 2018

    Lots of love to you Philip and Susannah! Xx


  • Linda Farthing

    Linda Farthing

    Jul 27, 2018

    From Linda Farthing in solidarity with the campaign


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