A Wolverhampton garden centre is set to grow funds as well as flowers this year as they pair up with a local hospice in their first annual charity partnership.
The blossoming relationship between Gardenlands Garden & Leisure and Compton Hospice follows the nurseries’ involvement with Greenfingers, a national cause that creates gardens for hospices across the UK.
Their support of ‘Garden Re-Leaf day’ last March, where garden centre’s across the country united to raise £55,000 for hospice projects, improving their outdoor spaces, whetted their appetite to do more fundraising in the future.
Managers hope to see the 70-strong team at the Bridgnorth Road site in Shipley digging deep to support the charity, by getting involved in sponsored events and activities throughout 2013.
Display and Events Co-ordinator at Gardenlands, Rebecca James, said: “We have supported local charities before with one-off fundraising events, but this will be the first time we have committed to an annual partnership. Compton Hospice seemed a logical choice because it fits well with the work we’ve already done for Greenfingers and we discovered so much about the amazing work hospices do. We hope that by building the pot throughout the year, we can help Compton make a big difference to the lives of people in our area.”
Staff are not averse to throwing themselves into fundraising, having taken part in a dragon boat race amongst other things last year in support of Greenfingers.
They are currently planning a schedule of activities, which will include a number of exciting activities for Garden Re-Leaf 2013 as well as staff dress-up days and a big family fun day at the centre during the summer months.
Corporate fundraiser at Compton Hospice, Simon Cater, said: “We’re thrilled to have Gardenlands on board with us for the coming year and I can’t wait to get involved in helping them plan their fundraising activities. Charity of the year partnerships are fantastic because it allows for a much closer relationship between the company and charity. Staff will not only be able to see their efforts pay off as the pot of money grows throughout the year, but will be able to see how their money is being spent, and the impact that has on the patients and families we support. We need to raise over £4million every year to continue our help to people across the Black Country who are coping with a terminal illness. Every penny counts, especially in these difficult economic times, and Gardenlands’ pledge of support means a great deal to us.”
Compton Hospice offers support to patients coping with a terminal illness, and their families. They cover a catchment area of 1.3million people across Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, East Shropshire and South Staffordshire.
At any one time they are caring for more than 600 people through their in-patient unit, Woods Therapy Centre, community nursing, hospice at home, lymphoedema clinic, social workers and bereavement support services.
It costs £6.4million each year to fund the services, which are provided free of charge to patients. Over £4million each year has to be raised through the hospice shops, personal and company donations and hospice fundraising initiatives.
Photo: Rebecca James, Gardenlands with Simon Cater, Compton Hospice