Freedom from Torture - Sculpture and sunshine makes for a perfect fundraising day

Sculpture and sunshine makes for a perfect fundraising day

A sunny Sunday at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens proved a perfect setting for Freedom from Torture’s Penwith Supporters Group to showcase our work and a wonderful ending for Carolyn and Richard’s  cycle challenge.

Blog by Sabine Nierhoff

Cornwall has many attractions and Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens is one of the newest. A beautiful sheltered valley near Penzanze surrounded by woods, streams and dramatic vista, provides the perfect setting for this 22-acre exotic and sub-tropical garden, with its contemplative and inspiring site-specific art by renowned artists such as James Turrell and David Nash. The final magic touch is the wonderful seawards view over iconic St Michael’s Mount.

The amazing gardens are owned by long-time Freedom from Torture supporters Jane Martin and Neil Kerrison, who very generously donated all the admissions from the Open Day on 21 May to Freedom from Torture. After a wet week, the weather worked in our favour and visitors flocked to enjoy the garden’s beauties.

Supplemented by an excellent and extensive book sale, face-painting and a raffle, and thanks to a very generous donation by Tremenheere Kitchen who run the café on site, the day raised £1,121 for Freedom from Torture and was hugely enjoyed by all, especially as the sun shone throughout.

The day was also the last stop for Freedom from Torture’s intrepid cyclists Richard Raggett and Carolyn Burch who cycled over 400 miles through Devon and Cornwall in aid of Freedom from Torture, raising an amazing £13,000 in the process.

Carolyn said: “Perhaps the highlight of our Cycle4Freedom had to be the last 24 hours as we arrived downhill in beautiful Marazion on a blue sky day. Then on the final Sunday, together with Marazion Friends, we joined with other Freedom from Torture supporters at the Open Garden Day. A wonderful setting for a very happy ending!”

It was a great honour to meet Richard and Carolyn who took on such an enormous challenge to raise funds for our work. I was very pleased to thank them personally for their fantastic fundraising success.

The whole day was just wonderful. The sun shone with many people coming to wander the gardens, browse through the many and varied books that had been donated by our supporters or to enjoy the delicious food at the on-site café. The children loved having their faces painted by one of the volunteers from the group.

We are hugely grateful to Jane and Neil from the Penwith Supporters Group for organising this fabulous day at their beautiful garden and for donating all the admission fees to us.



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