Support for Garden Re-Leaf Day walk at highest level yet
On Garden Re-Leaf Day – Friday 17th March 2017 – the third annual Garden Re-Leaf walk will take place in Cambridge. A record breaking 85 walkers have signed up to take part, looking to rake in over £12,000 for Greenfingers and spread awareness for the industry’s main fundraising day.
Walkers this year will choose from two routes – 10 or 20 miles – taking in the sights of Jesus college and Cambridge University botanical gardens, with a special detour for those with dogs. Both routes start at Scotsdales Horningsea at 10am, and finish at Scotsdales Great Shelford.
The main sponsors of the walk are Scotsdales, who as well as hosting the start and finish of the fundraiser, will also enter a team of walkers and stage some fundraising of their own at the finish line. Top Milton Keynes club rower Heidi Towse will be running 10 miles and then rowing a further 10 in front of customers with the aid of a static rowing machine in the Great Shelford store.
Solex organisers LOFA (the Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association), will be taking part in the walk and providing a special barbecue at the finish line to inspire hungry walkers!
Kelkay and Garden Trade News are sponsoring the T-shirts being worn by participants, which will feature logos from the other 2017 sponsors.
Briers will be issuing a free pair of Greenfingers gloves to every participant, to help aid awareness for the day as everyone takes to Twitter and Instagram with their #Gluvies photos.
Cadix are sponsoring one of the support vehicles that will weave between various points of the route, helping where needed.
SBM Life Sciences are helping to plan the route, are providing water stations and sponsoring the medals – a first for any Garden Re-Leaf Day event.
Hozelock are sponsoring goodie bags.
Quinton Edwards – the garden industry property specialists are supplying a driver and car to support the Greenfingers team.
Greenfingers Head of Fundraising, Linda Petrons, said: “The Garden Re-Leaf walk, especially with the two separate routes we’re running this year, can cost a lot of time and money in terms of organising and logistics. Getting T-shirts made, refreshments and support vehicles for example all cost money – so we are of course humbled by the generosity from all of our supporters this year.”
|Lolly Lee||The Orangery|
|Tom Clamp||Westlands (+18 walkers TBC)|
|Natalie Searle||Crest Garden|
|Kim Huynh||Crest Garden|
|Darren Brown||SBM Life-Sciences|
|Lisa Barrow||SBM Life-Sciences|
|Peter Clowes||SBM Life-Sciences|
|Ashley Clowes||SBM Life-Sciences|
|Mandy Castle||SBM Life-Sciences|
|Ian Rowland||SBM Life-Sciences|
|Emma Knight||SBM Life-Sciences|
|Neil Holloway||SBM Life-Sciences|
|Lowri Walker, Nia, Mark Allen, Adam Parke, Ilona, Hayley Fordham, Donna Gallo, Karen Tate, Andy Redfield||SBM Life-Sciences Relay Team|
|Tim Jeffries||Mr Fothergill’s|
|David Carey||Mr Fothergill’s|
|Ian Cross||Mr Fothergill’s|
|Alison Roberts||Mr Fothergill’s|
|Alison Mulvaney||Mr Fothergill’s|
|Richard Keegan||Mr Fothergill’s|
|Samantha Broadway||Mr Fothergill’s|
|Simon Quinton Smith||Quinton Edwards|
|Trevor & Karen Pfeiffer||GTN|
|Kimberley Hornby||Hornby Whitefoot|
|Heidi Towse||Frosts Garden Centre|
|Chris Houfe||Great British Cards|
|Matthew Mein||Ascential (Glee)|
|Fernanda Pinto||Ascential (Glee)|
|Luke Murphy||Ascential (Glee)|
|Hinesh Taylor||Ascential (Glee)|
|Boyd Douglas Davies||Greenfingers Trustee|
|Team from Hillview|
|Team from Kew Green Hotels|
|Jane Lawler||Jane Lawler Assocs|
|Nick Carey||Abacus Cards|
*Craig and Matt are aiming to raise £250 by running the whole length of the route – more info here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Craig-Hall19
Linda Petrons, Head of Fundraising at Greenfingers Charity added: “The walk is open to absolutely anyone working in or alongside the garden industry as the list demonstrates. It’s a great opportunity to raise funds, excellent for team building and a good way to spend time with colleagues and acquaintances away from the office.”
All of the money raised from the walk and many other Garden Re-Leaf Day events this year will once again go towards Greenfingers’ ‘A Million Moments Appeal’. Greenfingers aims to raise £1 million under the banner of the A Million Moments appeal over three years to enable at least 5,000 children who spend time in hospices, and their families, to enjoy spending precious time together outdoors.