Posted: 08/08/2014 at 08:00
Hi Trudi - I used to live not too far from you - it's a lovely area. Have you thought of contacting Otley & Easton College
to see if they have any students or ex students who would like to earn a little money? Sometimes a horticultural student is grateful for the chance to do some small jobs to gain a bit of experience and something to put on their CV so they don't charge a lot.
Also, as has been said - don't turn down help from your church members - someone there may really enjoy the chance to help and spend time in such a lovely garden, or they may know of someone living in a flat who is just itching for the chance to get their hands in the soil. You would be doing each other a good turn
Also, I wonder whether you're aware of this website http://cancerchat.cancerresearchuk.org/index.jspa - a friend has found it to be a huge source of advice and support. They can also offer advice re benefits appeals etc.
Wishing you all the best