Over £1,000 has been raised for mental health via donations from visitors to the University of Leicester’s stunning Botanic Garden.
Donations were collected from two special ‘Crocus Sundays’ events held at the University of Leicester on Sunday, February 27 and March 6.
Over 500 visitors were able to see the beautiful Woodland Crocus on site, which is one of the first flowers to bloom in Spring.
The crocuses put on a spectacular annual display throughout the Sandstone Garden in front of Beaumont Hall.
Entry to the two Crocus Sunday events was free, however donations were encouraged in support of Lamp (Leicestershire Action for Mental Health Project), with over £1,000 raised in total.
“We’re so grateful for the success of our fundraising efforts during Crocus Sundays, particularly for the kind generosity of visitors who wanted to learn more about Lamp and our work in mental health advocacy,” said Matt Barton, Lamp’s Corporate and Community Engagement Officer.
“The event has paved the way for another opportunity to collaborate with the University of Leicester Botanic Garden to take part in the Plant Sale and Family Day on June 26”, he added.
This event is the University’s biggest annual public open day, which usually attracts between 1,500 to 2,000 visitors of all ages.
The Crocus Sunday events, organised by the Friends of the Botanic Garden, have been held for many years at the University of Leicester, and have raised thousands of pounds for local charities.
Further details about the Friends of the Garden can be found at: https://le.ac.uk/botanic-garden/friends-of-the-garden