The 2020 Garden Re-Leaf Sponsored Walk and Cycle Challenge (13th March 2020) is hotting up with several new names signing up to take part in the event, including some fabulous brands supporting with sponsorship.
Whether participants are doing a 10-mile walk, or hitting the 100km mark on their bikes, it’s safe to presume that a refreshment along the way will be hugely appreciated. Thankfully this year the kind folks at Hozelock have confirmed their sponsorship of the water stations throughout the course. Back at the end point at Chilton Garden Centre, the team at LOFA will be providing further refreshments, including a glass of fizz to celebrate another fabulous event., whilst Outback will be providing one of its barbeques so that the walkers and cyclists can enjoy a mouth-watering snack after their exertions.
Of course, the event wouldn’t be possible without those willing to get out of the office and into their walking boots and cycling shorts! Recent sign-ups for the 2020 walk include Millbrook Garden Centre’s Tammy and Ben Woodhouse, St Peter’s Garden Centre’s Director Will Blake, independent business consultant (previously Millbrook) Liz Dowling, teams from Evergreen Garden Care and Kelkay and, as well as Greenfingers’s very own Garden Project Manager, Holly Harrington. Holly will be joined on the day by her younger brother, who is planning on running the 20-mile route.
Talking about her involvement in the 2020 event, Holly said: “I’ve been working at Greenfingers Charity now for just over a year and in that time the demand for our support and the number of projects continues to grow. I joined the charity because I believe in its ethos, the fundamental need for everyone to have access to inspiring outdoor spaces that allow moments to escape our own situations; an opportunity to take a deep breath and spend time with our families and friends. When I see up close the difference that the spaces we provide in children’s hospices make to the children, their families and the staff that support them, there really isn’t a choice to be made as to whether to help fund these spaces or not, it’s become a job requirement!
About the Garden Re-Leaf Sponsored Walk & Cycle Challenge
The annual event, designed to raise funds for Greenfingers Charity whilst also kickstarting the gardening season, has become a popular date in the calendar and this year is set to be no different.
Starting and ending at the newly acquired by main event sponsor, British Garden Centres’ Chilton Garden Centre, the walk and cycle routes will take participants on a stunning tour of the Chiltern Hills, a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walkers can choose to explore a 10- or 20-mile route, whilst cyclists will embark upon either a 25, 50, 75 or 100km route (or as many times round the 25km route as they can muster!) that will take in the 276m elevation that enables the Chilterns to provide stunning views across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
A superb networking opportunity, the Garden Re-Leaf Walk and Cycle Challenge is popular with teams from across the supply chain who want to come together to enjoy some out-of-office team building. The event also welcomes individuals from a wide range of suppliers and retailers, who quickly find their ‘team’ along the way. Previous participants have confirmed that the event has seen new friendships and new business relationships forged.
To date, eager teams from Hornby Whitefoot PR, Deco-Pak, Glee, GIMA, DAC Ltd, Poplars Garden Centre, Ames, Cadix, Vitax, Kew Green Hotels, Taylors Bulbs, Abacus Cards, and Mr Fothergills have all signed up or pledged their support to take part in the sponsored walk or cycle challenge, whilst Evergreen Garden Care, Farplants and Westland have confirmed that they will be making their debut at the 2020 event. In 2019 over 100 people took part in the walk, with more showed real pedal power by taking part in the cycle challenge. However, for 2020 the Greenfingers team is hoping to exceed these numbers.
Those interested in taking on the Garden Re-Leaf Sponsored Walk and Cycle Challenge can register by visiting https://www.greenfingerscharity.org.uk/gardenreleaf.
If you want to find out more about how to get involved in Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day 2020, whether by putting on events in your garden centre, through sponsored solo activities or simply by donating - contact the Greenfingers office on 01494 674749 or email Linda@greenfingerscharity.org.uk.