We were delighted to join horticultural industry figures and politicians at the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Horticulture and Gardening (APPGHG) annual reception at the House of Commons on 3rd November.
Our patron, the actor Jim Carter, was given the opportunity to speak on our behalf and took the opportunity to thank all of those from across the horticulture industry for their continued support of Greenfingers in creating gardens at children’s hospices across the UK.
Jim Carter, perhaps best known as Mr Carson in TV’s Downton Abbey, also encouraged the great and the good to commit to participating in our major spring fundraising initiative – Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day – which takes place next year on Friday 27th March. He called upon attendees of the event to commit there and then to hosting activity and events in aid of the day to help realize Greenfingers’ aim of raising £75,000 through the initiative in 2015.
We are hoping that Jim Carter’s call to action will help us achieve our ambitious fundraising target for Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day 2015. Since it’s inception four years ago the event, which is now a firmly established feature in the annual horticulture calendar, has raised an impressive £175,000, which has contributed directly to six Greenfingers children’s hospice gardens. Part of the appeal of the day is that it not only raises money for a worthy cause but that it also offers garden retailers a chance to kick-start the gardening year by driving customers in store.
Matthew Wilson, Chairman of Greenfingers, spoke after the event at the House of Commons saying: “We are delighted to have our patron Jim Carter here with us this evening – it is such a marvelous opportunity to talk to luminaries from our industry and he is a fantastic voice for the work Greenfingers does. Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day has rapidly established itself as our major spring fundraising push and we are hoping 2015 will be a knockout year with even more retailers participating and even more money being raised.”
To find out more about Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day, how to get involved and fundraising ideas please visit the website here.