The Sentebale Garden is the People’s Choice

Sentebale has been awarded a public accolade, winning the People’s Choice Award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for our Hope in Vulnerability garden.

 Matt Keightley with the People's Choice Award

Matt Keightley with the People’s Choice Award

Garden designer Matt Keightley, of Maidenhead-based Rosebank Landscaping, has celebrated winning the public award for the second year in a row, following his inaugural Help for Heroes garden win last year.

Keightley, 30, who won the Silver Gilt award by the RHS judges earlier this week for the garden, sponsored by the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation, was ecstatic to receive the public vote.

“It’s just incredible. I am absolutely thrilled to receive the People’s Choice award for the second year in a row. It is such an honour, and amazing to have such fantastic public support for Sentebale,” said Matt.

“We’ve had people coming over and telling us how much they love the garden all week, and I am so pleased that the work the charity does improving lives for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Lesotho has been recognised with this award, here in London.” 

He added: “I urge you to continue your support, and help give Sentebale the chance to reach thousands more vulnerable children across Lesotho by sending a text to donate, or supporting this wonderful charity in any way you can; I’ve witnessed first-hand the difference we can make and I’m incredibly proud to be a part of it.

 “Thank you Sentebale, Prince Harry and the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for giving me this amazing opportunity.”

Matt Keightley and Prince Harry chat on the Hope in Vulnerability Garden Theo Cohen Photography

Matt Keightley and Prince Harry chat on the Hope in Vulnerability Garden
Theo Cohen Photography

Stigma and discrimination remains the biggest barrier to children and young people living with HIV accessing treatment needed to lead long and productive lives.

The inspiration for the design of the Hope In Vulnerability garden has come from Sentebale’s ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre, due to open later this year in Lesotho. The centre is Sentebale’s first purpose-built facility, which will support all of the charity’s work with vulnerable children, but specifically will help scale up the Network Clubs and Camps programme for children living with HIV, providing a safe place for those stigmatised by the loss of their parents to come to terms with HIV.

Cathy Ferrier, Chief Executive of Sentebale, said“For our Hope in Vulnerability garden to have won the People’s Choice Award is truly fantastic. We came to Chelsea to raise the profile and understanding of our work with children affected by HIV in Lesotho, and so to receive this award is wonderful and a tribute to the team who have made it happen.

“I’d like to thank the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for kindly sponsoring us, and Matt for his tireless efforts in producing a garden that has really captured the ethos of our ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre.

“A big thank you also goes to the public who’ve given us this award, it means a great deal and I hope you will continue to support our work in the years ahead as we expand in Lesotho and across other parts of Southern Africa. Thank you.”

Alex Barfield, Chief Executive of the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation said,Winning a Silver Gilt award was an honour for the whole team, but to win the People’s Choice award for the Hope in Vulnerability garden is the icing on the cake. We are extremely proud to represent Sentebale and Matt’s incredible designs and thank the public for such fantastic support.”

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