KEEN gardeners have helped raise funds for a day centre for the elderly through a worthy Christmas campaign.

Squires Garden Centre in Wokingham as well as other centres in Berkshire collected nearly £18,000 for a variety of good causes.

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Crowthorne Old Age to Teen Society COATS has kindly been given £538.00 to help fund its day centre through shoppers donating £1 at the garden centre's Santa's Grotto.

Sarah Squire, chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to bring some New Year cheer to the local charities that we support by donating money from our Christmas grottos, plus the generous donations received from our customers over the festive season.

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"Each of our sixteen garden centres supports a charity that’s close to them, both physically and emotionally, so I hope that the money we have raised will help them with all the great work that they do.”