Staff from Tring Garden Centre will be putting their best foot forward to raise money for Garden Re-Leaf Day, the annual fundraising day for Greenfingers Charity.
The Hertfordshire store, part of the largest family-run group British Garden Centres, will be hosting a fundraising walk and cycle challenge to raise money for the charity which builds magical and therapeutic gardens for life-limited children in hospices across the UK.
Garden Re-Leaf takes place on Friday 24 March and Amy Stubbs, Development and Project Manager, John Wallis, Regional Manager and Iain King, Operations Director from the garden retailer group will be walking a circular 20-mile walk starting and ending at Tring Garden Centre. The army of walkers will take in scenic views, woodland and gently rolling hills in the picturesque Chilterns. For those that just fancy a more leisurely stroll, a 10-mile route is also available.
In addition to the walk, there will also be a Garden Re-Leaf Day Cycle Challenge for those with pedal power. Once again starting at Tring Garden Centre, bike enthusiasts can take in the four counties of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire as they embark upon a 25-mile route. Tring Garden Centre’s Shop Manager, Steve Descombe, will be taking on the 25-mile route and raising money for Greenfingers. For those wanting to push themselves to the limit, there are laps of 50 miles, 75 miles and 100 miles.
There will also be fundraising activities at Tring Garden Centre on Friday to welcome back the energetic walkers and for the local community to enjoy, whilst raising vital funds. There will be a raffle to win some fantastic prizes and face painting for children, to get everyone into the spirit for the day. The sponsored walk will leave Tring Garden Centre at 9am. The fundraising events will run in-store during the day during normal opening hours.
The Garden Re-Leaf Day Fundraiser at Tring Garden Centre will also feature the local Rock Choirs who will come along to add to the atmosphere and entertain shoppers, walkers, and cyclists at the event. Timings are to be confirmed, but it’s likely to be somewhere between 12-2pm.
Greenfingers Charity has created almost 70 gardens in hospices around the UK for children, their families and staff to take respite and relax in and has a further waiting list of hospices that need help.
John Wallis, Regional Manager at British Garden Centres commented: ‘It’s great to be able to support Greenfingers Charity at the Garden Re-Leaf Sponsored Walk on this beautiful route through the Chilterns. The event will be a hugely enjoyable challenge for all of us, taking in some spectacular UK countryside within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We also hope that customers in the local area will join us at Tring Garden Centre to kick start the gardening season and fundraise at the same time.’
You can donate to the British Garden Centres team at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/british-garden-centres-team-page-grd23.
Linda Petrons, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Greenfingers Charity said: ‘We would like to thank Tring Garden Centre for its generous hosting of our Garden Re-Leaf fundraising walk and cycle. Both events are a great opportunity to challenge yourself as well as meet, socialise and network with all the other lovely supporters taking part. Since Garden Re-Leaf Day began in 2012, the annual event has raised a fantastic £774,000 to help bring the precious gift of a garden to more life-limited children and families who spend time in hospices across the UK.’
How to get involved in Garden Re-Leaf Day 2023
Registration for the 2023 event is now live and you can register for the walk or cycle at www.greenfingerscharity.org.uk/get-involved/gardenreleaf.