Close to 500 guests attended a summer lunch in the gardens at Thornton Hall, raising in excess of £20,000.
The County Durham committee organised the event at the historic Darlington house and gardens. Home to Mike and Sue Manners, Thornton Hall is only open to the public for a few days a year.
The Grade 1 listed building was constructed in 1550 by Ralph Tailbois. By 1989, when Mike and Sue Manners moved into the house, there were no longer any plants flowering in the three gardens. Sue took it on herself to create a fun outdoor area for her children to play in. With no gardening experience, she transformed the gardens into a colourful display for all to enjoy.
After a Pimms reception, guests tucked into a two-course lunch in the garden marquee. The committee organised an auction and a silent auction, with prizes such as a hot air balloon flight and a hospitality for two at an upcoming Manchester City home match up for grabs. Every single raffle ticket was sold, contributing £5,000 to the total funds raised.
Photos by Tracy Kidd.
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