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Dig deep – and win two rare Arsenal tickets

Proceeds of the ticket sales will raise vital funds for the Culpeper Community Garden

14 December, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

From left: Culpeper Commnity Garden’s John Lowe, Joyce Bacchus, Mandy Graham, Paul Formosa and Ray Bacchus 

A COMMUNITY gardening scheme is offering lucky Arsenal fans the chance to win two seats in the directors’ box to raise vital funds for their cause, writes Samantha Booth.

Culpeper Community Garden, in Dignum Street, have a funding shortfall of nearly half of their budget for the next financial year.

The Christmas raffle is aiming to raise £10,000 to help contribute towards the £50,000 running costs.

Mandy Graham, one of the two part-time garden workers, said: “We are getting increased demand for the work we do.

“The gardens are important, as it’s about having beautiful open spaces and the impact that has on wellbeing.”

The gardens were founded in 1982 by local people and welcomes anyone who wants to garden and enjoy Islington’s limited green space.

Workers in the garden

The charity works closely with local organisations supporting vulnerable people. It is funded in the main by the Cripplegate Foundation and grants from charitable trusts.

The raffle tickets, which cost £5, offer a chance to win two golden tickets to sit in the directors’ box when Arsenal take on Chelsea at the Emirates on January 19. The prize also includes dinner and fine wines with the directors and other dignitaries.

Tickets will be on sale at Chapel Market tomorrow (Saturday) between 10am and 4pm. They are also available online until January 1 by visiting tinyurl. com/yd3obn2f

The draw will take place at 2pm on January 4 in the garden.

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