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 CambridgeA 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.

If you would like to register to take part in the walk or provide additional sponsorship contact Linda in the Fundraising Team by email – or call the Greenfingers office on 01494 674749.  Alternatively, fill in the simple form available on line at and sign up today!


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.”

The walkers

Jackie Eades                     Briers
Charlotte Prentice           Briers
Matt Jackson*                   Briers 
Mandy James Briers 
Sharmini Martin Briers 
Tristan Sissons                  Briers
Lolly Lee                            The Orangery 
Kate Ebbens                    Cadix 
Heather Black                  Cadix 
Danni Faulkner                Cadix 
Peter Guinness                Cadix 
Alison Hawker                 Cadix 
Rebecca Hawker             Cadix 
Robert Montano             Cadix 
Caroline Smith                  Cadix
Doug Hill                           Cadix 
Jason Perrins                    Gardman 
Gemma King                     Gardman 
Vicky Nuttall                       GIMA
Craig Hall* Deco-Pak 
Richard Pyrah                   Kelkay 
Al Shepherd                      Kelkay 
John Ducker                      Kelkay 
Simon McArdle                Westlands
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 
Ralph Fitter                      Vitax 
Simon Quinton Smith    Quinton Edwards
Trevor & Karen Pfeiffer  GTN
Kimberley Hornby         Hornby Whitefoot
Heidi Towse                     Frosts Garden Centre 
David Nicholson              Elho 
Craig Keyworth                Elho
Adam Last                         Elho 
Louise Haskins                 Elho 
Bobby Fisher                    Elho 
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  
Nicholas Clarkson             Scotsdales
Jennifer Ferro                   Scotsdales
Shelagh Ward                  Scotsdales
Peter Jackson                   Scotsdales
Jane Lawler                      Jane Lawler Assocs
Paul Steane                      Scomac
Nick Carey                         Abacus Cards


*Craig and Matt are aiming to raise £250 by running the whole length of the route – more info here:

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 demonstratesIt’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


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