If you’re in Buckinghamshire on March 22nd then you might be surprised to find it’s being taken over by teams of intrepid walkers and bike enthusiasts, all taking part in a special sponsored endurance challenges to raise money for Beaconsfield based, Greenfingers Charity.
Over 80 participants from the garden industry and many others are set to descend on World’s End’s Garden Centre in Wendover for the charity’s annual fundraising event – Garden Re-Leaf Day. Challenges included a sponsored 10 or 20-mile walk through the Chiltern Hills and a 25, 50, 75 and 100-mile cycle ride through the Buckinghamshire countryside. Look out for the special Garden Re-Leaf and Greenfingers branded t-shirts, adorned with the green paint splattered handprints.
Now in its eighth year, Garden Re-Leaf Day is Greenfingers Charity’s biggest fundraiser which has raised over £600,000 since 2012. As well as the challenge events, many garden centres and hotels took part in Garden Re-Leaf Day, holding quiz nights, cake sales and much more. The money raised by such events enables Greenfingers, a small national charity, to continue its work creating magical and inspiring gardens for life-limited children and their families who spend time in hospices across the UK. Greenfingers has to date created 55 special gardens in hospices around the country, and has a further waiting list of hospices that need help.
Linda Petrons, Head of Fundraising and Communications at Greenfingers Charity said: “Whilst Garden Re-Leaf is a huge part of the garden retail calendar, that certainly doesn’t mean it is closed to others. Anyone can take part in our organised sponsored challenges, and welcome those from the local area to join in the fun – the more the merrier!”
Anyone wishing to donate to this year’s appeal or would like to find out more about Greenfingers Charity should visit www.greenfingerscharity.org.uk
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