Garden Re-Leaf Day is Greenfingers Charity’s annual fundraising event which this year takes place on FRIDAY 17th MARCH. The event will see many supporters come together to raise funds to make a difference to children, and their families, who spend time in hospices across the UK.
The big day is upon us so we would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who is getting behind this years fundraising events. Once again we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of those who have signed up.
Whether you’re one of our brilliant ongoing supporters or you’re joining us for the first time, we hope you have great fun whilst raising money to bring the precious gift of a garden to life-limited children, and their families, who spend time in hospices across the UK.
Here’s how the events unfolded…
The Great Garden Re-Leaf Day Walk
In our biggest challenge event to day over 100 industry friends, teams from Kew Green Hotels and others ran or walked 10 or 20 miles through picturesque Cambridge raising a whopping £24.5k. Very special thanks to our main sponsors Scotsdales for their support, helping to make this year’s walk the biggest and best yet. Thanks too, to Trevor and the team at GTN and to LOFA and Outback for providing the welcome barbecue for the hungry walkers. Also to SBM Life Science, Kelkay, Cadix UK Ltd, Briers, Hozelock, Town and Country and GIMA for their generosity on the day and in the lead up to the event.
A very special thank you to Glee’s Matthew Mein, the mastermind behind he walk, who not only ran the route, but, along with Matt Jackson from Briers was the first 20 mile runner to cross the finish line – phenomenal.
Coming in 8th, Garden Re-Leaf Day Founder Boyd Douglas-Davies said,
“What a great day, and what an Incredible turnout – the industry, Scotsdales and the Greenfingers team did us proud! Matt Mein, I take my hat off to, brilliant idea and incredible that he ran it! Chris Houfe and Simon Quinton Smith – who’d have thought it! Little did I know when I set off with them that they were both speed walkers. What an incredible Pace, blistering is the only word! I’m chuffed to bits with the event, the spirit, the amount raised and my own result…8th, just 5 minutes behind the lead walkers…and I ache like mad”
Meanwhile, in garden centres across the UK…
Garden Centre staff and volunteers put on their #gluvies as they took on the 24 hour PLANT-ATHON and MEGATHON challenges. Many others held quiz nights, tea parties, cake sales, plant sales and raffles and much more besides.
Richard Jackson and QVC suppliers…
We were delighted to have the support of QVC again this year as two special Garden Re-Leaf Day shows were dedicated to supporting Greenfingers over the weekend. Charity Founder, Richard Jackson was joined on the shows by gardening experts and suppliers and we’d like to say a huge thanks to all involved for their generosity once again.
We very much look forward to hearing your stories, receiving your photos and finding out just how much you’ve raised. If you would like to tell us what difference being involved makes to you and your business, we’d love to know that too.
A million thanks for getting involved and most of all for helping Greenfingers Charity bring the precious gift of a garden to more children and their families who spend time in hospices across the UK.
With more magical children’s hospice gardens in the planning, build or design stages, the money you raise will help us make such a big difference. We’re currently on site at
Keech Hospice Care (Luton)
Helen House (Oxford)
and planning new gardens at
Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice (Maidenhead)
Grace House (Sunderland)
Robin House on the banks of Loch Lomond, St Andrew’s Hospice (Grimbsy)
and we have more hospices waiting in the wings for our help.
It is solely down to the generosity of our supporters that we can carry on creating magical, inspiring and therapeutic gardens for children in hospices.
So thank you very much for being part of Garden Re-Leaf Day and helping Greenfingers Charity continue its work.
Here’s a quick message from Greenfingers Charity Patron Ann-Marie Powell sending her thanks! Thank you from Ann-Marie Powell