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Mellor Marple Open Gardens in Marple Nuala James

The gardens of Marple were in full bloom this summer, as part of the ‘Open Gardens in Marple’ event, which managed to raise an incredible £13,000 for Cancer Research UK. 

One local resident that’s been a leading figure in raising money for cancer research through a love of gardening in Marple, is Nuala James. 

Nuala has lived in Mellor since 1986. In 2000, Nuala opened her garden to the public as part of the Mellor Open Gardens’ efforts to raise money for Cancer Research UK and has been involved with the Open Gardens Committee ever since. 

When fellow Mellor resident and keen gardener Mary Hoult suggested extending fundraising for Cancer Research UK to the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park, she asked Nuala if she could take responsibility for the accounts for the newly formed Mellor Friends of Cancer Research UK, which Mary founded and is chair of. 

“I agreed, and our acquaintance turned into a friendship as we worked together raising money for the charity we both love to promote,” said Nuala. 

“By the time you reach retirement age, as I have, sadly you will have known many that have fought and won the cancer battle and also lost relatives and friends along the way.  It is a hugely motivating factor to be able to help in any way a charity that spends all of its efforts in fighting this disease,” Nuala added.  

The passionate fundraiser said they were delighted with the response from Marple gardeners, with a total of 21 gardens in the town offering their beautiful spaces for the event.  

“All the gardeners worked so hard to make the weekend a success. As well as beautiful flowerbeds, different activities were held in each garden and, as a result, the committee was able to present Cancer Research UK a cheque for £13,000,” said Nuala. 

Such is the extent of Nuala’s fundraising efforts for Cancer Research UK that the Mellor resident was awarded a 15 Year Service Award for her fantastic contribution to the charity. Nuala was presented her award at the presentation evening for Marple Open Gardens in August. 

Speaking of receiving the award, Nuala said:

“I didn't know anything about the award until the evening. I sat in the hall with Mary and Natasha from Cancer Research UK. Natasha stood up and started talking.  After a minute or two I realised she was talking about me. I was completely shocked and quite tearful. I have never had that happen before, so I am very proud of my badge, it has a place in my kitchen as a reminder of the charity and all it does for the people involved.

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