Carrie’s virtual open garden fundraiser

It’s usually at this time of year that Carrie Herbert, our founder, welcomes students, families, supporters and the community into her gorgeous garden. Secluded in the heart of Cambridge, this hidden treasure is always a glorious assault on the senses. And after strolling through the blooms, under the arches, over the grass and round by the pond, guests are traditionally treated to a selection of homemade cakes, biscuits and buns, served by students who are flourishing, thanks to Red Balloon’s support.

But sadly, with coronavirus restrictions, Carrie hasn’t been able to open her gates to the hundreds of visitors who usually pass through. So she said, “The garden is looking so spectacular that I wanted to share it with you via this short video. While you can’t quite smell the flowers, hear the bees or taste the pastries, I hope it brings you a touch of joy in these difficult times.”

Carrie looks forward to welcoming you in person, this time next year, and to telling you more about how hundreds of children are overcoming bullying and other traumas through Red Balloon’s unique education and therapy programme.

Carrie normally raises around £2,000 for Red Balloon with her open garden event. Please, will you help guard against that loss of valuable income by making a donation? We know these are difficult times for many people, so contributions of any size would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

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