6 June 2017

A garden party aimed at shining a spotlight on the voluntary unsung heroes of a Suffolk town has been hailed a success.

The High Sheriff of Suffolk, George Vestey, opened the doors of his glorious Thurlow Estate on Monday to host a volunteers’ garden party.

More than 150 people attended the special event, which was held in conjunction with ONE Haverhill Partnership.

Volunteers across Haverhill and the surrounding area were nominated and given certificates as dignitaries and local organisations joined forces to pay tribute to their work.

George Vestey, High Sheriff of Suffolk, said: “The purpose of the evening was to recognise, thank and celebrate the brilliant work of volunteers in the Haverhill area.

“As volunteers, they have all made such a positive impact in the community and I would like to thank every volunteer for what they do in so many different ways to help and support those in need.

“The definition of a healthy community is one where volunteering is thriving and it is something that provides a great sense of achievement and purpose.

“These volunteers are the unsung heroes of the town and we salute you all.”

John Mayhew, chairman of ONE Haverhill Partnership, said: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to work with the High Sheriff of Suffolk to organise this fantastic celebration of volunteering in and around Haverhill.

“Our town is so fortunate to have amazing volunteers and this was an ideal way to celebrate all those achievements – as well as saying a big thank you.

"I would also like to thank George Vestey, High Sheriff of Suffolk, for kindly hosting and sponsoring the event.”

Guests were also given the chance to walk around the beautiful garden of Mr Vestey’s Georgian Great Thurlow Hall - with its 16 acres of gardens and a man-made canal.

Volunteer garden party‍‍‍


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