The garden was open to the public from Saturday 28th October through to Halloween and saw hundreds of people visit the usually quiet cul-de-sac and donate to Pendleside to show their appreciation for the hard work by Clare, Paul and their family and friends. Altogether £2100 was raised for Pendleside from visitors to The Orchard and Paul, Clare and sons Alfie and Elliot visited the Hospice recently to present the money to Fundraising Manager, Kaye Bartle.
Paul set about weeks ago transforming the garden which saw light and video shows, ghoulish figures flying through the air, the lawn transformed into an eerie graveyard and scare actors dressed as Pennywise from the film It, characters from the film Scream and werewolves. There was also a candy floss stall to give visitors a sweet treat. The opening night of the event on Saturday 28th October saw the lights in the garden switched on by Facebook blogger, Antonella, who has over one and half million followers on her Antonella the Uncensored Reviewer Facebook page. Antonella, who lives locally in Rossendale put out a live Facebook blog of her touring the attraction which was viewed by over 71,000 people.
Paul and Clare already have some great ideas for transforming their garden next year for Halloween, where once again they have pledged to raise money for Pendleside Hospice.