Lots of you have been getting involved with our new national fundraising event, Grow to Give, this summer and we’ve loved hearing how some of your garden gate sales have already raised incredible amounts for the charity!
Grow to Give is all about small acts of kindness. At the beginning of lockdown, we began by encouraging everyone to leave fresh vegetables and flowers on neighbours’ doorsteps with a little calling card asking that they consider donating to the charity by way of a ‘thank you’. However, since restrictions have now been eased across the UK, we’ve also seen lots of Grow to Give tabletop sales springing up around the country!
Plenty of children (like Sadie below!) have been getting involved in the event, which has proven to be a fun way for all the family to while away the hours at home.
Meanwhile, both horticultural experts and greenfingered beginners have been giving us a helping hand too, with many of the charity’s volunteers getting involved in the initiative as a way to continue supporting patients and their loved ones whilst they’re unable to visit the gardens as often as they would like. Horatio’s Garden Oswestry volunteer, Hilda, and Horatio’s Garden Stoke Mandeville volunteer, Vicky, both successfully raised over £200 at their plant sales, which were much-appreciated by locals who were unable to find the plants they were looking for elsewhere.
Further south, wonderful supporter Elizabeth Hiscock has also been busy supplying her local community with an almost constant supply of fresh produce. Holding numerous little tabletop sales over recent weeks, Elizabeth has so far raised over £400 for the charity and she plans to keep growing too!
Every donation, no matter how great or small, really counts for Horatio’s Garden at this difficult time and we’re looking forward to seeing lots of Grow to Give kindness spread throughout many more communities across the UK this summer.
If you would like to share your story or photos with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or #GrowtoGive on Instagram.