The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Mr Eamonn O’Neill, enjoyed a socially distanced trip to visit The Garden House in Marple last week.
Mr O’Neill, who was chosen by the Queen to become the High Sheriff in March of this year, is also the Chief Executive of St Ann’s Hospice, as well as a trustee for both The Dianne Oxberry Trust and The Diocese of Salford.
Mr O’Neill, who in his role as High Sheriff, also heads up the charitable organisation, ‘The Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Police Trust’, visited the Marple site to find out about the valuable service The Garden House provides to the local community, as well as meet some of the volunteers.
The visit, which took place last Wednesday, 5th August, followed strict government guidelines, with social distancing measures in place.
The Garden House and the Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Police Trust has an ongoing relationship which has been well established over the past few years, with the Trust helping to facilitate the popular ‘Meet the Police Horses and Dogs of Greater Manchester’, as well as provide multiple grants to The Garden House.
The Garden House is a community farm and registered charity which provides families, groups and organisations with a safe space in the Cheshire countryside, where they can come and spend time outdoors, learning about nature and the local ecosystem in an accessible environment. The Garden House works with a number of organisations around Greater Manchester and Stockport, in particular those who cater to children and young adults with complex needs, such as the Seashell Trust, the Together Trust, Melland High School, Penarth Group School and Pure Innovations, to name but a few.
Kevin Swindells, the director of The Garden House (MARPLE) Charity, said, “Our charity and the High Sheriff’s Trust have a longstanding relationship which we are very proud of. It’s been a pleasure having Mr O’Neill visit our site, especially under the current circumstances, and we very much look forward to working alongside him over the coming months.”