What an amazing few days we had at the recent annual Garden Centre Association conference – and what an incredible sum of money was raised for Greenfingers. We are really grateful for the tremendous support we received from the industry at the event who all dug deep to raise money via ‘Roman Games’ challenges, race night and gala evening.
Activities kicked off in gladiatorial style on the first day of the conference with the Greenfingers Roman Games Challenge Cup – brilliantly organized by Danny Adamson and Guy Topping. The games saw the Cabbages versus the Pansies with the two teams battling it out in events such as Hadrian’s Fort Building, Chariot Racing, Caligula’s Road Building, Maximus Sling Shot, Titus Tug o War and Hostillian Football!
Everyone really entered in to the spirit of things and battled to the end, but the fundraising didn’t stop that. Once everyone had dusted off the mud from the games it was straight into the race night – thanks to all those who sponsored races and of course bet on the horses!
Day two of the conference saw the Greenfingers mantel picked up by Boyd Douglas-Davies who took to the stage to extol the virtues of getting involved in Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day, which this year takes place on Friday 27th March. Boyd also launched what is set to become one of the biggest crazes of 2015 – glovies! Get your photo taken in a pair of Briers gloves that are being sold with a contribution to Greenfingers this year and set twitter/facebook alight – there was certainly no shortage of people taking up the challenge at the conference! The challenge is now set – where can you be photographed in your Greenfingers gloves??
And finally to the splendid GCA Conference Gala Dinner where tickets for an exclusive Greenfingers celebrity dinner at Clifton Nurseries with stars of stage and screen Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton were auctioned, alongside a week’s holiday on the Barton Grange Narrow Boat on the Llangollen Canal.
It certainly was an action packed couple of days and all these fantastic activities raised a wonderful £13,000 for Greenfingers – what a fabulous way to start 2015! Thank you so much to everyone who took part in the games, sponsored events, donated and contributed in any way.