NEIGHBOURS in Nyetimber got together for a first fundraising event to raise money for a good cause.
The residents of the 50 flats in the Nyetimber Mill complex benefited the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home in Worthing for their garden party.
They raised at least £200 with their mixture of tea and homemade cakes and a tombola and raffle.
Organiser Barbara Spray has lived in the mill on Pagham Road for the past two-and-a-half years.
She said the occasion made use of the site’s beautiful gardens. “I had a really good response. People who couldn’t come gave donations.
“It was a wonderful social occasion.
“Residents who perhaps had not spoken to each other in a while met up again.
“There was a real sense of friendship and companionship.”
The mill is an over-55s retirement complex. Barbara said she was keen to improve the gardens further for the residents’ benefit.
She has begun to plan an autumn fair in November to buy some flowering shrubs for the grounds to supplement the work of the gardeners.
“We are trying to make things as lovely as we can for people,” she said, “and to make the environment pleasant for everybody who lives here.”