A generous Istead Rise couple opened up their garden to the public to raise funds for the EllenorLions Hospice.

Roger aged, 49, and Debbie Kasper, aged 51, of Downs Road held a Secret Garden Party to raise funds for the hospice in Coldharbour Lane, Gravesend.

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Around 100 people flocked to the couple's home to enjoy tea and cakes in the sunshine - and were surprised by the arrival of celebrity guest, BBC South East weather presented, Kaddy Lee-Preston.

Rachel Holweger, director of fund raising at EllernorLions said: "It was a fantastic event with a real buzz - it just showed how much fun you can have and raise funds for such a vital service.

"We are so grateful to Roger and Debbie for opening up their garden and it was the biggest turnout for a garden party so far."

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The couple were inspired to hold the garden party after Debbie read an article on the charity's latest initiative in their news letter.

Mrs Holweger added: "Our latest initiative are for people to hold secret celebrity garden parties when one of our patrons is kind enough to go along but people don't know who it is until they get there - it's a bit of a twist.

"It's so lovely that they thought to do this after reading our news letter."

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To find out more about EllenorLions Hospice visit: ellenorlions.org or email: phil.dickman@ellenorlions.org