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Bradford Garden Centre’s Audience with Milly Johnson event raised over £850

Bradford Garden Centre's Audience with Milly Johnson event raised over £850


Tong Garden Centre's ‘Audience with' award-winning author, Milly Johnson raised over £850 for its charity of the year, Bradford Stories that works with the National Literacy Trust topromote reading, writing, speaking and listening. 


70 people were entertained by theSunday TimesTop 5 bestselling author and ‘queen of feel-good fiction' in Tong's newly opened events centre on 26thSeptember.


Tong Garden Centre's Marketing Manager, Jo Dales was delighted with the success of the event: "Guests were served a delicious cream tea and were entertained by Milly's engaging and witty account of becoming an author. She was a great crowd entertainer and it was inspirational to hear about her incredible journey from trainee accountant to bestselling author of romantic fiction and to listen to her read from her new novel,The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew."


Milly Johnson said: "Community and literacy issues are close to my heart. There is nothing more important than being able to read - it opens so many doors and gives so much pleasure - and I'm delighted at the money raised. Unlocking a love of reading also unlocks opportunity so Bradford Stories and the National Literacy Trust's work to support literacy for all is vital. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously."



Milly Johnsonhas written sixteen novels and sold millions of copies. She is also a columnist for her local newspaper, a poet and an after-dinner speaker.


Tong Garden Centre occupies a 14 acre site in Tong village. It is one of Yorkshire's biggest garden centres with 110,000 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 700 cars.





Photo: L -R Helen Verity from National Literacy Trust and Milly Johnson at Tong Garden Centre Milly Johnson at Tong Garden Centre


For more information or to arrange an interview with Jo Dales, please contact Tracey Baty at three60 marketing on;


Direct line:01430 871360

Mobile:07971 961574



For further information and interview requests with Milly Johnson, please contact Emma Draude or Annabelle Wright at ed public relations on 020 7732 4796 or


Notes to editors


  1. The National Literacy Trust is the UK's largest independent literacy charity. They work to ensure that disadvantaged children have the literacy skills they need to succeed in education and life. They work where deprivation meets intergenerational low literacy and support families, children and young people in schools and communities to improve reading, writing, speaking and listening. For more information about the National Literary Trust, please visit