£5,120 of £5,000 raised

All of our current fundraising efforts are in aid of our very exciting Big Garden Makeover project which is planned for early in the summer holidays. The project’s mission is to enhance the natural space that the children have at Merry Go Round and make it better for all year use. Play and learning in the outdoors is really important at Merry Go Round – there’s a strong emphasis on supporting mental health and wellbeing from an early age, and what better way to do it than in the outdoors!  But the garden is in dire need of some TLC and some enhancements to address some of the issues we have when faced with the Great British weather.

We’ve been really lucky to secure the support of the lead project manager from ITV’s Love Your Garden (unfortunately Alan Titchmarsh himself won’t be attending!) and a group of volunteers from the Royal Navy, all of who are generously giving their time for free for a week. We’re also grateful for support from parents, grandparents, local businesses and others in the community, either in offers of help or donations.  

Plan subject to change, depending on time and budget.

But we need your help…

We’re working really hard to meet our £5000 fundraising target to cover the cost of materials, equipment and plants to make this fabulous plan come to life!  You can support us in our quest in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Make a donation below – all donations, big or small, are hugely appreciated and contribute to our overall target
  2. Share the news of our Big Garden Makeover with friends and family and ask them to do the same
  3. Volunteer your help and join us in a community-spirited build in true garden makeover fashion! Just fill in this simple form and tell us about your skills and how you’d like to help, and we’ll be sure to put them to good use!
  4. Join us at one of our fundraising events.  All profits from this year’s events will go towards the Big Garden Makeover project.



Merry Go Round Preschool

18th July 2019

£1000 grant from local Councillor Julian Brazil!


Merry Go Round Preschool

15th July 2019

£175 - additional offline sponsorship for the Fun Run fundraiser at Church House Inn!


Stuart Downie

15th July 2019

Additional donation from food served after the Fun Run

Anonymous User


15th July 2019

Prawle Fair

8th July 2019

Donation from Prawle Fair - thank you to the organisers for their generosity and support!


Merry Go Round Preschool

8th July 2019

£975 - offline sponsorship for the Fun Run fundraiser at Church House Inn!

Anonymous User


5th July 2019

Eileen Gilmour

5th July 2019

Have a fun day raising money so that you can have lots of fun days in the new garden in the future.


Therea Miles

4th July 2019


4th July 2019

Good Luck Team Gilmour ... Auntie Jolly


Amands Morris

2nd July 2019

Good luck Team Morris!


Neil Gilmour

2nd July 2019

Outdoor play is a really important element of brain development - Motional is delighted to support such a great project at Merry Go Round… Read more

Outdoor play is a really important element of brain development - Motional is delighted to support such a great project at Merry Go Round Preschool!



We’re really grateful to the following supporters of our Big Garden Makeover project.

Church House Inn
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Recently reopened after a major refurbishment, the Church House offers the ideal place to enjoy classic pub food, traditional Sunday lunch or a drink on the sun terrace. We’re proud to be supporting Merry Go Round with their ‘Big Garden Makeover’ project, such a great cause!

Freeborns Estate Agents
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Freeborns Estate Agents have been selling and letting property in Dartmouth and the surrounding area for over 27 years and are proud to support Merry Go Round’s amazing garden project. “Our son had an amazing 3 years at MGR and our daughter who has just started loves it already and will be super excited to benefit from the new garden.”

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Motional is an easy-to-use online tool for schools and other professionals for identifying, assessing and improving the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Avon Mill Garden Centre
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Avon Mill Garden Centre is nestled on the riverside, in the Avon Valley in glorious South Devon. A beautiful and tranquil oasis for you to enjoy whilst you shop for your garden and home. Then stop and relax with something divine to eat from their popular cafe!

RGC Building Supplies
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RGC are the fastest growing Builders Merchants and DIY store online based in South Devon, serving the South Hams area with the best value general building supplies, DIY materials and high quality kitchens and bathrooms, to trade and public. We are hugely grateful for their support with the Big Garden Makeover!