Thousands raised at The Garden Gate Project music day

The Garden Gate Project

A celebrated summer music day has raised thousands for Margate charity, The Garden Gate Project.

The annual event held at the site near Northdown Park has grown since starting four years ago and this summer generated a record-breaking £7k, which will be used to install a new kitchen.

The Garden Gate is a community space that provides support for people with learning disabilities and mental health needs. They aim to reduce prejudice by bringing people together with meaningful health, educational, creative, social, environmental and leisure opportunities.

Music day has become a firm fixture on the isle’s social calendar with local bands including Charlie Don’t Surf  taking to the stage to entertain the crowds. Homemade cocktails made from ingrediants sourced from the garden, salads and wodd-fired pizzas were also on offer.

Manager Paul Boyce says the day was a testament to the hard work carried out by volunteers and the town’s community spirit . He said: “We  raised a record breaking £7k, turning over £5k on the day with ticket sales of £4k. This will be used to have a new kitchen installed and a lick of paint for the cabin a proper makeover, at the end of October.

He added: “Thanks to all the musicians for playing for us, Gadds’ Ramsgate Brewery for donating all the beer, Julian Newick for providing cider and bar staff , Hot Meals Now for the fantastic cocktails and all the Garden Gate guys and girls for working so hard to put the day on.
All the lovely people that came and supported us, you were the most polite, good humoured friendly bunch of people ever to visit the garden, with the best behaved children!

“We all had such a great time and I think it was the best one yet, thank you all so much.”