Date: 24th July 2014
Boyd on board for Greenfingers
Greenfingers(1), the charity dedicated to creating garden’s in children’s hospices across the UK, has today announced that Boyd Douglas-Davies has become a trustee for the charity.
Boyd Douglas-Davies, CEO of Hillview Garden Centres Ltd(2), has long been closely involved with Greenfingers, not least since he founded Garden Re-Leaf Day four years ago, which raises significant funds for the charity each year. Boyd’s long-term support of Greenfingers has now been cemented with his new role as a trustee and Greenfingers chairman Matthew Wilson welcomed Boyd on board at the trustees meeting(3) on Wednesday.
Matthew Wilson said: ‘It is an absolute honour to have Boyd join us as a trustee of Greenfingers and I’m delighted to welcome him on board today. As someone who has long been a staunch supporter of the work we do he is already a fantastic advocate of our charity and I look forward to his input and involvement in our future work.’
Boyd Douglas-Davies added: ‘Ever before I founded Garden Re-Leaf Day I was closely involved in Greenfingers and am very happy to accept the role of trustee. I am delighted to be working very closely with the team to develop Garden Re-Leaf Day for 2015 and beyond, and further support the work we do to create magical gardens for children and families who spend time in hospices to enjoy.’
Greenfingers has been the benefitting charity of the annual Garden Re-Leaf Day since it’s inception and Douglas-Davies’s appointment as a trustee also marks officially confirming Garden Re-Leaf Day as Greenfingers’ main spring fundraising campaign.
The date for the next Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day will be announced shortly.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
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(1) Greenfingers is a small national charity dedicated to creating magical gardens for children’s hospices around the UK. The gardens are built to provide a space respite and relaxation for children with life limiting conditions, together with their families. The charity is dedicated to creating beautiful and inspiring outdoors spaces for children, both sick and well, to play and have fun. Greenfingers has to date created 43 special gardens in hospices around the country, and has a further waiting list of hospices that need help.
(2) Founded in 2011, Hillview Garden Centres now operates nine garden centres across the Midlands. Prior to founding Hillview Garden Centres Boyd Douglas-Davies was at Webbs of Wychbold for 20 years.
(3) The other trustees of Greenfingers are: Matthew Wilson, Voluntary Chairman; John Ashley, Vice Chairman; Caroline Owen; Peter Field; Carol Paris; Mark Rachovides; Sally Whitaker; Richard Jackson, Founder President; John Little, Honorary Member; Chris Webb, Honorary Member.
(4) Garden Re-Leaf Day has established itself as a major fixture in the horticulture calendar since it was established by Boyd Douglas-Davies in 2012. Each year garden centres, growers, industry suppliers and trade associations join together to support the event with fun garden based events and activities. Widely seen as a fantastic way to kick-start the gardening year the day is also a great fundraising opportunity and has raised £175,000 for Greenfingers over the last three years.