Greetings card range raises £18,000 for Perennial and Greenfingers

The new ‘Floreo’ greetings card range has already raised over £18,000 for Perennial and Greenfingers Charity less than six months after its launch. The range of cards produced by the Great British Card Company is now stocked in nearly 200 garden centres across the UK and every card sold generates a 10p donation for both charities.

Representatives from the Great British Card Company presented giant cheques for £9,000 each to Perennial and Greenfingers Charity on the first day of the annual Glee trade exhibition on 12 September. They also unveiled 12 new colourful card designs that will be added to the range. The card collection features sumptuous photography depicting a variety of colourful garden images from cut flowers and wildlife to garden scenes.

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Chris Houfe, Sales Director of Great British Cards comments:

“Our relationship with Perennial and Greenfingers has been brilliant from the start, and our enthusiasm to create a card range specifically to support them evolved quite naturally.  Garden Centre retailers are a specialist trading sector for us, and ‘Floreo’ was able to gain impressive distribution countrywide, with consumers delighting in the fabulously colourful images and variety in design.  On the back of this success we have launched twelve new designs at GLEE with an autumnal/winter feel.”

The sale of licensed products is one way that Perennial generates essential funds that allow it to support horticulturists in crisis, whether they are facing problems caused by financial hardship, illness, injury, poverty or old age.

John Moseley, Head of Trading at Perennial comments:

“It is fantastic that this range of greetings cards has already proved so popular with garden centre buyers and the public. We are grateful to the Great British Card Company for generating so much interest among the garden retail trade and now extending the range. By buying and sending these cards, people will raise vital funds to help us support those working in or retired from horticulture, as well as helping to raise awareness of the free, confidential advice and support we provide.”

Linda Petrons, Head of Fundraising at Greenfingers comments:

“We are enormously grateful to the Great British Card Company and to all those garden centres who continue to support this fantastic fundraiser.  The money raised really will make a huge difference to the lives of so many children and families who spend time in hospices.”

Last year Greenfingers launched its ‘A Million Moments Appeal’, aiming to raise £1 million, over the next three years.  With the help of product promotions such as this, the charity aims to provide at least 5,000 children and their families that rely on hospices the opportunity to enjoy spending precious time together outdoors.

The Floreo greetings cards are priced at £2.50 per card and are available to purchase at www.perennial.org.uk/greetings-cards.

Trade buyers wishing to place an order to stock the Floreo range of greetings cards can contact the Great British Card Company on Tel: 01452 888999 or http://trade.greatbritishcards.co.uk

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ABOUT PERENNIAL:

Perennial offers free, confidential advice and support to everyone working in or retired from horticulture and their families, including gardeners, landscapers, nursery and garden centre staff, parks and grounds care staff and tree surgeons. People turn to Perennial for financial and emotional help in times of need because of disability, sickness, poverty, financial hardship and old age – although increasingly younger people are seeking their assistance. Many individuals describe the services Perennial offers as a ‘lifeline’. The work of Perennial depends entirely on voluntary donations from the horticultural industry and the garden-loving public.

Find out more at www.perennial.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter @PerennialGRBS or find us on Facebook. 

For all media enquiries, interviews, photographs and additional information, please contact:

Clare Johnson | clare@bloom-pr.co.uk | 07815 041635

Jennie Spears | jennie@bloom-pr.co.uk | 07944 552634

 

ABOUT GREENFINGERS:

Greenfingers is a national charity dedicated to creating magical gardens for children who spend time in hospices around the UK.  Greenfingers gardens are built to provide a space for respite and relaxation for children with life limiting conditions, together with their families. The charity is dedicated to creating beautiful and inspiring outdoors spaces for children to play and have fun in.  Greenfingers has to date completed 50 special gardens in hospices around the country, and has a further waiting list of hospices that need help.

For further information, interviews, photographs, please contact:

Linda Petrons on 01494 674749 or by email, linda@greenfingerscharity.org.uk