17th February 2020

Valda hopes her garden grows into new funds to help people with migraine

Valda has already raised £6,000 for The Migrane Trust

Open garden fundraiser
Valda in her beautiful garden

A long-time supporter of The Migraine Trust with a passion for gardening is holding a fundraising event in her garden to help people affected by migraine. Valda Walker, who is from Yarm, is opening her beautiful garden to sell plants and raise vital funds for the charity.

She is organising the fundraiser because she has experienced migraine throughout her life and wants to help other people who are affected by them. Her monthly attacks, which lasted three days, were completely debilitating with excruciating pain and constant vomiting. With help from The Migraine Trust she was able to change her migraine treatment, which reduced the length of her migraine attacks to a few hours.

Life-changing help

She said this help was “life-changing” and now she’s a dedicated supporter, raising an amazing £6,000 so far through her annual ‘open gardens’, and says:

“Gardening is my passion so it is wonderful to combine it with helping people affected by migraine, something which means a lot to me. Migraine has had a significant impact on my life, from my working life to my social life, so I really want to help other people who are living with this awful condition.”

Thanking Valda for her support, Gus Baldwin, chief executive of The Migraine Trust, said:

“We are so grateful to Valda for opening up her beautiful garden to help raise vital funds and much needed awareness about this often misunderstood brain disease. I hope as many people as possible will drop by Valda’s garden, pick up something lovely to take home, and leave behind a donation for The Migraine Trust so we can continue to improve the lives of people affected by migraine.”

Visiting Valda’s garden

Entry to Valda’s garden is £2 and there will be tea, cake, and a plant, book and jewellery stall. It is open from 1-6pm on Sunday 23 February, Wednesday 26 February, Friday 28 February and Sunday 1 March, and is located at 15 Manor Drive, Hilton, Yarm.

If you too would like to help people affected by migraine you can donate to The Migraine Trust here.