Garden charity Greenfingers has announced a major new fundraising appeal to support its plans to create more childrens' hospice gardens.
The ‘Rosy Cheeks’ appeal aims to raise £750,000 over the next two years to build at least ten new gardens in children’s hospices around the country.
To date, Greenfingers has designed and delivered 39 hospice gardens. The new appeal aims to galvanise the charity’s plans to build more gardens and impress upon the horticultural industry and general public how beneficial time spent outdoors is for children with life-limiting conditions.
Greenfingers chairman Matthew Wilson said: "We truly believe that having access to specially design, stimulating garden spaces can bring vital benefits for children with life-limiting conditions. Whilst many of us may take for granted the simple pleasure of being able to enjoy a garden, for these children, their siblings and their families, the chance to spend time together outdoors and away from the bedside is precious."
He added: "We are aiming to raise the funds to build at least a further ten Greenfingers gardens over the next two years and are calling on everyone to get involved in whatever way they can, with donations large and small, to help us turn these plans into a reality and enrich the lives of children who really need our help.’
Greenfingers has announced details of the first five gardens to be built under the appeal and hopes to confirm at least a further five as the appeal progresses.
The first five gardens will be at Little Havens Hospice in Essex, EllenorLions Hospice in Kent, Chestnut Tree House in Sussex, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Yorkshire, Horizon House in Belfast.
More information about donating can be found at www.greenfingerscharity.org.uk.