The Lighthouse Project in Spalding hosts its garden party online to support the charity
A charity is taking its annual garden party online this Sunday (October 4).
The Lighthouse Project Spalding has attempted something never done before - building a garden which guests can visit from the comfort of their own home.
In partnership with Gift Angel, the charity (which helps homeless and vulnerable young people) has created its own unique platform, as an alternative to Zoom. The design was created by Geoff Lay and Beth Hale (the daughter of the charity’s executive director Jenny Tedbury).
Guests can visit the Garden Party website , enter their name, check their microphone is working by 'blowing away a balloon', and as if by magic see their face pop up on the screen ready to start exploring.
The Garden has three main areas to ‘walk’ (or rather ‘click’) around: A Main Garden where guests can join virtual garden tables to catch up with friends; a Games Garden, where guests can compete with each other at five different games stalls.
And finally, a Craft Fair, where the students of Karis House (one of the charity’s programmes that supports young women) are selling their handmade crafts from their brand-new online shop.)
The event will also feature an auction as part of the charity’s fundraising, with prizes generously donated by local businesses in and around Spalding.
All the work done at The Lighthouse Project Spalding is only possible because of individuals' fundraising and private donations.
Working with charity partner Cloud Fair for this event, the Virtual Garden Party hopes to raise funds for The Lighthouse Project Spalding to help them continue with the life transformations they work so hard to create.
The charity says it is excited to see where the platform can be used and lead in the future – Blue skies, trees and garden tables could be swapped out for sofas, dining tables, indoor settings or function spaces – wherever the imagination leads.
The Lighthouse Project Spalding’s Virtual Garden Party runs from 2pm until 4.30pm on Sunday. You can also click here to join: www.TheLighthouseProjectSpalding.com/Party