Appeal to members staves off job losses at Garden Organic

Money donated has made up for charity's fall in income and saved jobs and programmes

Organic growing charity Garden Organic is not planning any further job losses after an appeal to members generated £114,000.

The charity opened the appeal late last year after its income fell from £4.4m to £3.6m in the 12 months to the end of December 2008.

As a result, six staff were made redundant and the organisation, which promotes organic gardening and farming, cut back on some of its programmes.

The Warwickshire-based charity, which was known by its legal name the Henry Doubleday Research Association until five years ago, contacted members saying it needed £100,000 to continue to carry out all of its activities.

Justine Williams, director of income generation, said the response to the appeal meant the charity would not have to make any further redundancies among its 50-strong workforce.

"Like other charities, we really suffered from the recession more than we anticipated," she said. "Our members have really come through for us."

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