Harrogate Charity To Build Two Storey Café Following Legacy Gift

Horticap-new shop and coffee shop

Castlehouse Construction has been appointed by charity Horticap to deliver its major development plans to build a new two storey café at its Harrogate site, thanks to a legacy gift from the parent of a former student.

The charity, which is based at Bluecoat Wood Nurseries on Otley Road, provides horticulture, allied crafts and rural skills training for adults with learning and other disabilities delivered by staff and volunteers.

Castlehouse has started on site to build the 2,000 sq ft café and shop, which will provide an environment and opportunity for students to serve customers and learn new skills in the community café when complete in early Summer.

The scheme has been made possible thanks to a generous legacy gift left to the charity by the parent of a former student.  Peter Colin Hopkins visited Horticap in late 1994 with his mum Marjorie as they were looking for a new activity for Peter following closure of St. George’s project (The Achievers) where he had been a part of for many years.  Marjorie passed away 3 years ago and sadly Peter also died just weeks later, the pair were inseparable.

Marjorie bequeathed a generous gift in her will as she wanted the charity to look after future students in the same way they had Peter for many years.

Steve Scarre, Chairman of Horticap said “Peter was a fabulous student, a natty dresser who always looked smart.  He had a great sense of humour and was known for telling lots of jokes.  He loved the banter, work and friendships he made at Horticap. Gifts left in wills are vital to charities and it is very humbling to receive this legacy and fulfil Marjorie’s final wishes. We are delighted to be able to put the funds to good use in developing our new community café and hub, as well as space for our students to gain new experiences.

“It is our ambition to make Horticap even more of a community hub and explore new ways of showcasing the great work the students do.”

Horticap aims to provide a positive and friendly working environment for students in order that they can develop both their social and communication abilities through structured training.  The charity is also fortunate to have a national treasure as its Patron – TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh MBE who continues to be a strong supporter and ambassador.

Andy Lyon, Contracts Manager, Castlehouse Construction said “Being a part of this exciting development for Horticap is an honour.  Horticap provide so much support for the students and their families and this new extension will only be a positive influence to the work they currently do.  I look forward to seeing the students using the facilities once open.”