Then enthusiastic garden designer Maria Stripling, from Didsbury, is ready to help out in return for a donation to St Ann’s.
Maria knows the back gardens of most local homes as well as the front, having organised the hugely-popular Didsbury Open Gardens for the last 11 years.
A nice garden can enhance lives mentally and physically and provide an extension to a home. I'm offering to take a look at someone's garden and provide ideas, with a design sketch, for a £100 donation. I've designed a few gardens, including my own, and would love to give home owners ideas and inspiration. Autumn is also the perfect time to plan a new-look garden next summer. Maria Stripling
Maria aims to raise £16,000 for St Ann’s, with an Arctic trek in March as part of her fundraising plans.
She has also secured a generous donation from a friend who has commissioned her to design a Japanese Zen garden to remember a holiday with her late husband.
Close friends I've lost wouldn't have had quality time with family and a good death without the support of a hospice and the wonderful teams who work there.