The manager of a Cumbernauld Retirement Housing development has put her best foot forward to help a garden project for tenants to continue to bloom.
Elizabeth Fox raised £200 for the Garden Club at Bield’s Hillcrest Court by completing a 21 mile section of the Fife Coastal Path along with other Bield fundraisers.
A relative of a tenant at Hillcrest Court provided a further boost to the club after donating £100 following their participation in the Cumbernauld 10k race.
Elizabeth, who has worked for Bield for more than 11 years, said while the walk was challenging, knowing how it will enrich the lives of tenants at Hillcrest Court made it worthwhile.
She said: “In the past we raised money for the garden project by holding tombolas every few months.
“So it was brilliant to get involved in something different to raise money. And it’s great that other people are now donating to this cause as well.
“I really enjoyed the walk and doing it with different people from Bield was really great fun. By the end of it, we all felt like one big family.”
The Garden Club has evolved into a much loved and well established activity for tenants at Hillcrest Court.
It encourages tenants to work together for a common goal and inspires creativity, as well as instilling a sense of pride.
What started as a project with seven members, more budding gardeners are signing up – thanks to the fundraising efforts of Elizabeth and other generous locals.
Elizabeth added: “From the money raised, each member of the Garden Club was given £20 to spend on plants of their choosing.
“This is the best I have ever seen the garden look, and it’s down to the hard work and dedication of the tenants.
“It is helping to build a stronger community here at Hillcrest Court, and we hope it will continue.”
The generous donations will also afford a tribute to a much loved member of the Garden Club, who sadly passed away earlier this year.
Brenda Kelly, who was the original founder of the group, will be remembered by a bridge in the garden – known as the “Bridge of Brenda”.
As a thank you to the Club for the happiness it brought Ms Kelly, her family donated £50 worth of Dobbies vouchers.
Jennifer Logan, Locality Link Officer from North Lanarkshire Council, also donated £100 to the Garden Club.