THE GREENFINGERS CHARITY 20TH ANNIVERSARY APPEAL
Why is 2019 so special?
We've got lots going on in 2019, our 20th Anniversary year. Greenfingers Charity is the only charity dedicated to creating magical gardens for life-limited children and families who spend time in hospices. We're delighted to have created 58 hospice gardens in our 20-year history! As well as exhibiting a celebratory “Greenfingers Charity Garden” on Main Avenue at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, thanks to the continued generosity of our supporters, we have added a further four gardens to our growing portfolio this year:
- We have completed and opened “The Garden of Colour” designed by Carolyn Willitts at Claire House Children’s Hospice in the Wirral. As well as being a feast for all the senses, this new garden will provide shelter to enable hospice carers and families to work and play outside.
- A one-acre woodland area at Richard House Children’s Hospice in East London named 'Let's Explore' has been transformed thanks to the vision and creativity of garden designers Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer. Andrew and Dan worked hard with the hospice to design an enchanting woodland in which life-limited children and their siblings can have fun, explore and play together knowing medical support is close at hand.
- Sean Murray’s “Nest and Rest Garden” at Grace House was opened this Autumn and provides a wonderful outside space for children, families and carers who spend time at this facility in Sunderland.
- And we are looking forward to opening a vibrant sheltered outdoor space at Little Harbour Children’s Hospice in St Austell in Cornwall. Designed by Darren Hawkes, it provides the perfect place where, even on a wet day, the children will have somewhere safe, fun and protected to experience, whilst still being 'outside'.
As John Ashley, Chairman of the Charity says, “The charity has certainly been on an incredible journey since the early days and I’m delighted to be at the helm during this special anniversary year. We are all enormously grateful to every one of our wonderful individual and corporate supporters who continue to work tirelessly to fundraise, help us to fund-save, and build the Greenfingers Charity brand. We are all looking forward to a great year for the charity and to seeing these new gardens come to life to be enjoyed by hundreds more children who would otherwise find it difficult to spend time outside.”
“The Greenfingers Charity Garden” at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Also, to mark our special year, thanks to a private donor, we were able to showcase our work at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. “The Greenfingers Charity Garden” on Main Avenue, was designed by Kate Gould.
The garden was designed to be a calming, interactive and uplifting space to resemble one of our hospice gardens – where life-limited children with complex needs, their families, friends and carers can come together for play, relaxation or peaceful reflection. The landscaping and plant content had to be thought through very carefully, with access for wheelchairs a high priority and the lush green garden was set over two levels, with a lift and sloped walkways. With its sensitive planting and magical water-feature, the innovative garden design highlighted and promoted the therapeutic benefits of the outside spaces created over the past 20 years by Greenfingers Charity. Many parts of the garden have now gone to Richard House Children's Hospice in East London.
Find out more about the Garden, it's amazing features, benefits and beautiful plants here.
Are you interested in donating to our 20th Anniversary Appeal? Please call us on 01494 674749, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more about how you can Get Involved here.