In April 2013 Greenfingers launched its most ambitious appeal to date – the ‘Rosy Cheeks’ appeal which aims to raise £750,000 over a two year period to build at least ten more gardens at children’s hospices across the country.
The ‘Rosy Cheeks’ name represents the precious moment in time when a flush of warmth is brought to a child’s face when spending time outdoors. ‘Rosy Cheeks’ moments are even more vital to children in the care of hospices, giving them the chance to embrace the simple pleasures many of us take for granted – the pleasure of enjoying the natural world, away from the pressures of their conditions. The gardens Greenfingers hopes to build under the umbrella of the appeal will provide carefully designed, therapeutic, natural environments where families can enjoy these ‘Rosy Cheeks’ moments together.
We have reached the halfway stage of the appeal and fundraising efforts are gaining momentum as there is still a long way to go to reach the appeal target of £750,000. Greenfingers has already identified the following hospices as set to benefit from gardens, several more than one, created under the umbrella of the appeal:
Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice, Sussex – garden completed June 2104
Little Havens children’s hospice, Essex – garden completed in 2014
Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Yorkshire completed in 2015