Garden centre raises money to help sick children

STAFF at a Lincolnshire garden centre have helped raise more than £490 for charity recently by selling tickets for its ‘Get Gardening Raffle’.

Crowland Outlet Garden Centre sold the tickets in aid of Greenfingers, which creates gardens at children’s hospices.

Sanjay Bowry, manager of the garden centre, said: “Greenfingers is the garden centre’s national Charity of the Year and we are delighted we have raised £497 by selling raffle tickets.

“We hosted the raffle alongside our sister garden centres in The Garden Centre Group. All 119 garden centres took part and three winners were chosen from the tickets sold nationwide.

“The main winner will receive £3,000, the second place winner £2,000 and the third place winner £1,000 of gardening goodies and vouchers. All proceeds from the sale of the raffle tickets will be donated to Greenfingers to help raise valuable funds.”

Greenfingers is dedicated to creating gardens at children’s hospices across the UK according to each hospice’s individual requirements. This is the second year Crowland Outlet Garden Centre has supported the charity.

Richard Jackson, chairman of Greenfingers, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Crowland Outlet Garden Centre for supporting Greenfingers again this year and selling tickets for our raffle, which was exclusively for visitors to The Garden Centre Group garden centres.

“The prizes have been kindly donated by a number of businesses in the horticultural industry. I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved.”

The Greenfingers’ gardens are designed to help the children and their families and friends during a very emotional and difficult time.

The charity currently has five gardens on its waiting list, as well as having more in the pipeline.

Richard added: “Children together with their families appreciate Greenfingers’ gardens because they make a difference to the quality of their lives.

“The gardens let them spend more time together with their family, at play or in calm privacy, surrounded by nature and above all, away from the bedside.”