The Inner Wheel Club's Open Gardens event raised £1,050 for the Alzheimer's Society. 

A cheque was presented yesterday to Teresa Parsons, a Service Manager with the charity, who was on St Mary's for an awareness day. 


Five gardens belonging to island residents in the Holy Vale, Maypole and Pelistry area were open to the public on Monday, with refreshments provided at the Holy Vale Winery.


Linda Roberts said: "We are extremely grateful to all the locals and visitors who supported the event and particularly to the garden owners and the Winery for letting us use their premises. 


"Everyone seemed to enjoy the day and much appreciation was expressed for all the hard work people had put into their gardens."


She added that the Inner Wheel would love to hear from anyone else with a garden who would be willing to join in next year, requesting that they call 423695 for information. School science technician Julian Morel and his family are also raising money for the Alzheimer's Society by cycling from John o'groats to Land's End this summer.


Julian, wife Michelle and sons Shea, 11, and Finley, 14, will make the journey without a support vehicle, meaning that they will carry everything they need on their bikes.


Julian said: "Shea could possibly be the youngest child to do this unsupported. 


"We have been training since February, cycling 120 miles a week, 50 on a Sunday."


The Morels will set off on their expedition on July 27.

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