Carol singing fundraiser at Groves

Children from St Mary’s Primary School carol singing at Groves Nurseries in Bridport to raise money for Dorset Mind

GROVES Nurseries in Bridport has raised more than £200 for charity following a day of carol singing at the garden centre.

Five local choirs, including St Mary’s Primary School, Symondsbury Primary School, Sir John Colfox Academy, Local Vocals and Holy Trinity, entertained shoppers with carol singing to raise money for Dorset Mind, the local mental health charity that is launching its services into West Dorset.

Dee Swinton, fundraising manager for Dorset Mind, said: “It was a great day and just over £200 was raised, so we would like to thank Groves Nurseries for arranging such a delightful event and helping us to raise funds that will go towards our plans in West Dorset.

“We will be launching a series of support services that are a mixture of talking therapies and befriending that have proved to be very successful in East Dorset.”

A spokesperson for Groves Nurseries said: “There are currently few mental health services in Dorchester and West Dorset without large waiting times.

“The recent Dorset CCG (clinical commissioning group) review recommended that vital statutory services should move eastwards.

“This means that many people in West Dorset will have little or no access to mental health services.

“This is combined with the fact that many parts of West Dorset are very rural.

“A lack of accessible help will leave people with poor mental health in a vulnerable position.

“This can lead to greater isolation, which again has a huge impact on their wellbeing and physical health.”

To find out more about Dorset Mind, visit

Bridport & Beaminster Reporter| Lottie is currently studying for an NCTJ Diploma in Journalism through a distance learning course and joined the paper in April 2014 on a freelance basis, becoming a staff reporter in January 2015. She is now the reporter for the View From Bridport and View From Beaminster papers.