Last weekend three fundraisers raised almost £3,000 for HortAid, Perennial’s annual fundraising campaign. Two brave thrill-seekers, Manoj Malde and Gillian Goodson, took to the skies to skydive over Wiltshire, while Brian Hawtin walked an epic 100km in under 24 hours, all to raise money for the charity that is dedicated to helping horticulturists in times of need.

Manoj and Gillian, both garden designers, leapt out of a plane at 15,000ft from Netheravon Airfield near Salisbury, both smashing their fundraising targets with more money still coming in.

Manoj Malde of Couture Gardens Ltd explains his reasons for taking part: “I am reaching a milestone birthday this year and as a celebration I wanted to do a skydive. It is something that I have always wanted to do, but doing it for Perennial gave me a great opportunity to fulfil my ambition and raise money for an amazing charity that does incredible work.”

You can still donate to Manoj’s fundraising page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/manoj-malde

Gillian Goodson comments: “Back in the depths of winter, in a euphoric moment with my dear friend Manoj, I agreed to jump out of a plane, all for a great cause. Thank you to the team from Netheravon Airfield for making dangling out of a plane for Perennial a joy.”

Donate to Gillian’s fundraising page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gilliangoodson

On the same weekend Brian Hawtin of Brian Hawtin Landscape Design set out to walk 100km from Canterbury to Crawley in under 24 hours. In fact he finished the gruelling walk in less than 23 hours, which was an amazing achievement.

Brian Hawtin comments: “Horticulture is a low paid industry, and when those who work in it are ill, have to deal with a family crisis or are injured, very often there are no savings or reserves to help them through. Perennial takes away the burden of worry and allows them to focus on what is important. Last year was difficult for me personally and if circumstances had been different, I might have needed Perennial’s help. I was fortunate, others are not.”

Donate to Brian’s fundraising page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/brian-hawtin

Chris Crooker, Events Manager at Perennial comments: “Huge thanks to our two skydivers for their courage to take the plunge, while raising a fantastic amount of money, as well as Brian for completing his epic challenge. All money raised makes a real difference to the lives of the people that Perennial supports. If you are inspired by these fundraisers, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved with HortAid this year, whether you fancy skydiving, cycling, running, canoeing or tackling a muddy obstacle course.”

Perennial relies on the industry as well as the garden-loving public to help it raise vital funds to provide support for horticulturists in need. It has a range of exciting challenge events lined up as part of HortAid 2017 that participants can sign up for. Equally anyone who prefers to come up with their own plans for raising money, Perennial will help support and promote their efforts.


Upcoming events:


Skydiving (various dates)

Thrill-seekers can take to the skies to skydive for Perennial. Kenny Raybould will be following in the flight path of Manoj and Gillian by skydiving on 2nd September but other dates are available for those who want to take part.

Find out more at: http://perennial.org.uk/events/skydiving/


Nuts Challenge (17 September 2017)

Perennial is calling on teams to sign up to ‘Go Nuts for Perennial’ on Sunday 17 September. This special edition of The Nuts Challenge takes place in Dorking, where teams will battle it out over a 5km assault course, with 60 obstacles and lashings of mud.

Find out more at: http://perennial.org.uk/events/nuts-challenge/


London to Brighton Bike Ride (17 September 2017)

Join Perennial fundraisers as they cycle the iconic route from Clapham Common in London to the waterfront in Brighton. James Robbins will be taking part as the final leg of his extended triathlon, which also included the Reading half marathon and the Great Swim London.

More at: http://perennial.org.uk/events/london-brighton-bike-ride/


ReadyHedge Bell Boat Challenge (30 September 2017)

The ReadyHedge Bell Boat Challenge is a one-day canoe sprint challenge where teams will go head to head on the River Avon near Pershore in ‘bell boats’. Teams of eight are encouraged to enter.

Find out more at: http://perennial.org.uk/events/readyhedge-bell-boat-challenge/


  1. It must be fun to jump from an airplane or ride a bicycle for some distance; I think that the people who get involved into this kind of good cause are demonstrating that they can do what they know how to do in a super adventurous way

  2. It must be fun to jump from an airplane or ride a bicycle for some distance or perform some other kind of physical challenge; Getting involved into this kind of non lucrative activities must be highly challenging while at the same time gratifying

  3. Brave and charitable, these guys define what it is to be a modern day hero. Risking their lives to help the needy, while having fun in the process too. If I had the courage I’d be doing this too. Sounds exciting!

  4. Wow so cool! What an even fun day to help other people you enjoy but you also make other people smile. Sounds good to me! I hope many people would really try to do this too.

  5. It is definitely a worthwhile venture not to mention a good workout to boot. I would love to join if this is in my area.

  6. Totally jealous of Manoj and Gillian with their awesome skydiving adventure. It feels so warm as well that they are doing it for a good cause. <3

  7. First of all a big hats off to those three people who risked their lives to help the needy. Jumping out of an airplane is risky and yet they have done to help the people in horticulture industry to help their families. And Brian who had walked 100 km within 24 hours is epic. They have proved the power of actions and how it will help to those in need and they have done it in a fun way. They have inspired many living souls like them to actively participate in fund raising. I am so proud of them. Thanks for sharing.

  8. This is a great way for fund raising. The activities are different from usual fund raising programs and it is surely fun like sky diving.

  9. Hats off! You all have far more adventure and courage than I lol. I commend each of you for what you have done and for a great cause too. You inspire me to do more and be more!



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