All money raised will help Marie Curie Nurses provide more free care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes and in the charity’s nine hospices.
A number of activities will take place across each of the 143 garden centres at Wyevale Garden Centre as part of its ‘Gardens for Good’ community programme, which recognises the benefits that gardens and gardening can bring to individuals and local communities:
Memory Trees – every garden centre will display a special Christmas tree which customers can decorate with gold stars personalised with the name or memory of a loved one in return for a donation.
Stock Our Shops for Christmas - every garden centre will encourage staff and customers to bring in their unwanted items to donate to Marie Curie Shops. The activity will run until December 12. The goods will be sold during the Christmas period, where on average, every bin bag sized bag of goods donated has a value of £20 for Marie Curie, which pays for an hour of nursing care.
Christmas raffle - staff and customers will be invited to enter a raffle for £1 a ticket which is drawn on December 19. First prize is £5,000 or a luxury family holiday to Lapland, and there are prizes of £500 or an iPad, £250 and 26 runner-up prizes.
Christmas jute bag - 40p from the sale of each £3.99 bag will be donated to Marie Curie.
Gift ideas – Briers has created a range of Marie Curie products:
- Ladies Cotton Gloves being sold for £4.99 with 50p being donated to Marie Curie
- Men’s Rigger Gloves being sold for £4.99 with 50p being donated to Marie Curie
- Premium Aluminium Bodied Secateurs being sold for £9.99 with £1 being donated to Marie Curie
- Umbrella being sold for £5.99 with 60p being donated to Marie Curie
On a local level Wyevale Garden Centres are donating Christmas trees to each of Marie Curie’s five hospices in England, and individual garden centres are organising Christmas markets and Santa grottos to raise funds for the charity.
Wyevale Garden Centres chairman Stephen Murphy said: "We’re so pleased to be helping Marie Curie this Christmas. We know that many people being cared for by Marie Curie Nurses like to be at home or in the hospice because it means they can enjoy their or the hospice’s garden. It’s great to know that people who love gardens and gardening will be helping terminally ill people be cared for at home or in a hospice this festive season."