A remembrance garden filled with 20,000 illuminated white roses has raised in excess of £200,000 for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
The Ever After Garden once again lit up Mayfair’s Grosvenor Square, opening to the public from 23 November until 20 December 2022. Visitors were invited to dedicate a rose in memory of a loved one and to make a donation to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, which supports the work of The Royal Marsden, a world-leading cancer centre.
The 2022 Ever After Garden was the most successful to date, with over £200,000 raised and with every rose receiving either an in person or online dedication. The Ever After Garden’s Instagram account also reached over 70,800 accounts.
The Ever After Garden has now raised over £450,000 since it was first created in 2019. It was named and inspired in tribute to the late Production Designer and Art Director Michael Howells, whose work included the film Ever After and ITV’s Victoria. His friends, Fashion Designer and Trustee of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity Anya Hindmarch CBE and Fashion Writer Camilla Morton, created the Ever After Garden as a welcoming haven to remember those we have lost.
The Ever After Garden launched on 22 November 2022, with an event attended by friends and family of Michael Howells, press, sponsors and other special guests, including TV presenter Claudia Winkleman, who cut the ribbon to officially open the garden for visitors.
Antonia Dalmahoy, Managing Director of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, said:
“It was incredibly moving to see the Ever After Garden return to Grosvenor Square in 2022. It is a beautiful space for reflection, which has such an impact on those who visit.
“We’re so grateful to the public for their incredible support, which will help improve the lives of those affected by cancer at The Royal Marsden and beyond. I’d also like to thank Anya Hindmarch, Camilla Morton, Grosvenor Property UK and all those who have worked tirelessly to make this garden a reality.”
Anya Hindmarch CBE, Designer and Trustee of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, said:
“It is wonderful that the Ever After Garden has once again provided a peaceful and beautiful space for visitors to remember their lost loved ones. I am delighted that the garden has raised such an incredible amount towards The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity’s vital work.”
Camilla Morton, Writer and Fashion Creative, said:
“The Ever After Garden is an incredible garden of love, shared stories, comfort, compassion and community. In this garden, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity creates a poignant annual space with characteristic empathy and attention to every detail, creating a place to reflect and remember those loved ones we have lost.”
For more information about the Ever After Garden, please visit: www.royalmarsden.org/ever-after-garden.