Invitation to visit garden at the Manor House in Apethorpe

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The owners of a manor house will open their garden on bank holiday Monday as part of an appeal to raise £6m to build a new hospice.

Lord and Lady Brassey open their garden at the Manor House in Apethorpe annually to raise money for Hospital at Home and the village church but will hold an additional open day to raise money for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice appeal.

The aim of the appeal is to raise £6m to build a new hospice to stand alongside the Grade I listed Thorpe Hall, which cannot be modernised to meet the needs of the patients.

Lady Brassey was a guest at the launch of the appeal in which the Duchess of Gloucester planted a tree and felt compelled to help.

Lady Brassey said: “I was there at the launch and I thought I must do my bit.

“They need to raise so much money and it is such a worthwhile cause.”

The event will be held on Monday, May 6, between 11am and 3pm.

Entry is £5 on the gate, which is by St Leonard’s Church, and includes wine and canapes. There will also be a raffle.

Lady Brassey urged everyone to come along.

She said: “The garden is looking absolutely wonderful at the moment, particularly as we have had such a late spring.

“I do hope people will come and support the event.”

Sue Ryder has also launched its own lottery to help the appeal, which has a £25,000 prize up for grabs every week.

The game is a first for the charity.

Each player will be allocated a unique six digit number and following the draw, which will be held each Saturday, players will automatically be sent a cheque. Each entry costs £1 with 50p going to the appeal.

As well as a top prize of £25,000 for matching all six numbers, there will be a £5 prize for three numbers, £25 for four numbers and £1,000 for five numbers.

Entry to the lottery will be sold in all Sue Ryder shops and on the website www.thorpehall.org, where there are also details of other events for the appeal.