Last month leading luxury car dealer group, H.R. Owen, and walled garden, The Medicine Garden, treated eight families to a day out with a touch of luxury – giving supported children, siblings and parents a well-deserved break.
Bentley Surrey deployed eight brand new Bentayga SUVs to our two hospices – Shooting Star House in Hampton and Christopher’s in Guildford – and whisked families away in their very own chauffeur driven vehicle, which made it’s way to The Medicine Garden in Cobham.
After arriving in style, the eight families were shown to The Dome within the walled garden where their private tea party was held, and were given a short talk about the Medicine Garden by founder, Paul Studholme, before enjoying tea, sandwiches and homemade cake and sweet treats.
A former Victorian kitchen garden that’s been restored and transformed into a hidden haven, The Medicine Garden’s main feature is its eight cornerstones of good medicine, comprising Nourishment, Flow, Courage, Vitality, Inspiration, Stillness, Wonder and Focus – which is where the eight Bentaygas took pride of place throughout the afternoon.
Peter Matthews, Bentley Surrey Brand Ambassador, said about the day: “It was nothing but an honour for us at Bentley Surrey and H.R. Owen to spend the day with these incredibly brave children and their amazing families. Seeing their eyes light up when they first sat in the Bentaygas was a sight to behold – they loved having a luxury experience that they are so rarely able to enjoy. The admirable work that Shooting Star Chase does means the world to these inspirational children and we were over the moon to play a big part in it.”
After their refreshments, the families were free to explore the garden, and were given wish sticks so they could write a wish and plant them at one of the cornerstones. After hosting an enjoyable day out, H.R. Owen drivers once again loaded up the Bentleys and returned their guests back to the hospices armed with souvenirs and lasting memories of the experience.
Karen Sugarman, Director of Fundraising at Shooting Star Chase, said it was the perfect day for supported families: “We are hugely grateful to HR Owen Bentley and the Medicine Garden for showing such kindness and generosity to the families we support. The children, siblings and parents had a truly wonderful afternoon travelling through Surrey in such style and luxury, and being treated to delicious afternoon tea in peaceful and beautiful surroundings. The families Shooting Star Chase care for endure unimaginable circumstances, and we know a break like this means the world to them.”
Supported father and son, Peter and Michael, were one of the families who spent the day at The Medicine Garden and dad, Peter, said: “Today has been brilliant. It’s been something really special for Michael and it’s great to have something like this when he goes through so much. He absolutely loved the car and it’s beautiful in the garden; it’s lovely to be in a tranquil open space.” Michael added, “It’s called The Medicine Garden and it’s living up to its name! I feel better than when I came in.”