The Yorkshire & North East BALI group's social evening at Perennial’s York Gate Garden, near Leeds, saw the launch of the Broomfield Landscaper Challenge, a Perennial fundraiser designed to honour and celebrate the life of Alan Broomfield, a landscaper who lost his short battle with cancer last year, leaving a wife and young son. His family has been helped and supported by Perennial.
A group of his friends and colleagues from Leeds based Greenspace Solutions, (now owned by GRITIT Ltd), are joining forces to raise money for HortAid, Perennial’s annual fundraising appeal. The team (currently 14 confirmed participants from GRITIT) hopes to raise £10,000 in 2016 by completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks in July, Yorkshire Tough Mudder in August and Yorkshire Marathon in October. Additional fundraising events will be hosted by BALI Yorkshire and North East region throughout the year.
Adam Ralph, former MD of Greenspace Solutions and now director for GRITIT Grounds Maintenance, spoke at the event to encourage participation. He said: "In December 2015 we lost a close friend and colleague. Alan was a pivotal member of our team who inspired us all to work hard and play hard. I am determined that this challenge will go some way to honouring his memory. It is our ‘thank you’ to the incredible team at Perennial who have looked after Alan’s family through what has been an incredibly difficult time. None of us know what life has in store for us and we must live each day as if it’s our last. But it’s reassuring to know that Perennial is there for all those who work in horticulture when things get tough – we’re proud to be supporting them this year and we hope as many of you as possible join us in this challenge."See https://www.justgiving.com/teams/broomfield-landscaper-challenge