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Allotmenteers redouble efforts to rebuild special site

Allotmenteers redouble efforts to rebuild special site in memory of Bren


A group of friends and organic veg growers have launched a fundraising appeal after a community shed was destroyed by fire.


The group, who came together as part of an allotment project to raise money for Herriot Hospice Homecare in memory of a “dear friend”, have pledged to rebuild the special site, which was created to raise funds for the charity.


Led by founding member Jon Stephenson, ‘The Allotmenteers’ have been growing vegetables via their allotments in Northallerton, in memory of their friend Paul Brennan (known as Bren), who Herriot cared for in the last days of his life before his death in November 2019.


The green-fingered group is donating the proceeds from the veg they grow and sell to support Herriot Hospice Homecare's care and support across Hambleton and Richmondshire. As the group embark on the rebuild, they have kindly offered to donate any funds generated over the rebuild costs to Herriot as part of the Paul Brennan fund.


Chief Executive of Herriot Hospice Homecare said: "We have seen the amazing amount of effort Jon, Michelle and all those involved have put in to support us with this project. We are continually inspired by the unique ways local people support Herriot Hospice Homecare, and their dedication in the face of challenges such as this.


“The determination of The Allotmenteers to continue their fundraising in memory of their friend Paul is an example of this very special support, and we would like to thank the team again for enabling us to continue providing the care families in our community need, want and deserve.”


To donate to Rebuild Brens Den Fund visit:

And to read the full story of The Allotmenteers project in tribute to Bren, visit:




North Yorkshire Police appealing for information after fire at allotment project for hospice care charity


North Yorkshire Police is appealing for information after a fire at an allotment project raising money for Herriot Hospice Homecare.


The allotment, at the junction of Mill Lane and Romanby Road, in Romanby, Northallerton, is being led by a group of friends and organic veg growers coming together to raise money for Herriot Hospice Homecare in memory of their friend, Paul ‘Bren’ Brennan.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area on Saturday April 17 evening, or has any other information, is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 12210100309, or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.




Article Posted 4th May 2021

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North Yorkshire Hospice Care is a registered charity in England and Wales (518905) with a family of services operating as Herriot Hospice Homecare, Just 'B', Saint Michael's Hospice and Talking Spaces.

North Yorkshire Hospice Care is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales (2121179). Registered address Crimple House, Hornbeam Park Avenue, Harrogate, HG2 8NA.