How will you Get Going for HortAid?
HortAid aims to raise as much money as possible to help horticulturists in need of Perennial’s support. In 2015, we raised more money than ever before to help those who require our services.
Fundraising for HortAid takes place at any time of year. But from 5-18 September we want people to Get Going for HortAid – so whether you want to do something daring or daft, we want you to join us in raising money for Perennial to help us support even more people who need our help.
“Looking back we simply couldn’t have coped during that time without Perennial”
Join in HortAid 2016
If you’re looking for a fundraising challenge then visit our ideas page, submit your event, and we’ll help promote your event and fundraising page. Help Perennial change lives.
Our work depends entirely on the generosity of the horticulture industry and the garden-loving public. In order to continue supporting horticulturists in crisis, we need your help in raising money.
HortAid is our umbrella campaign for all fundraising activity. So get your thinking caps on and let’s make our 2016 HortAid campaign the most spectacular and successful ever!
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Perennial is often described as a ‘lifeline’ by the people we help. Your fundraising will make a real and lasting difference to lives.
What your fundraising will do
£25 pays for a new school uniform for the child of someone struggling to make ends meet
£50 will pay for a care alarm to be installed for an elderly or disabled client
£150 will pay for a TV licence for a client whose only companion is the TV
£200 pays for 10 sessions at a nursery for a baby whose parent is critically ill
£500 will help furnish a flat for someone who was previously homeless
£750 pays the removal fees for a client fleeing domestic violence
£1,000 will buy a new boiler for a family living without hot water or heating
How to get your money to us
Sponsor Form – You can also download our HortAid sponsor form, and get your friends and colleagues to support your fundraising. Don’t forget to make them tick the GiftAid box!
Text Message – The fastest way of sending us a donation is via your mobile phone:
Text one of the following messages to 70070:
Let us know what you’re up to
Don’t forget to tell us what you’re doing to raise money and send us photos and video of your event. You can share your story on our Facebook page, tweet about it on Twitter, or email email@example.com.
You can read about some of the people Perennial has helped here →
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Need some inspiration in your fundraising for HortAid?
Try one of our ideas below…
- Take part in one of our challenge events:
- #GetSporty; organise a football or cricket match, or have a golf day to raise money
- #GetGiving – nominate Perennial as the Charity of the Year for your workplace or company
- #GetFit – Walk, run or cycle to work for a week – you can donate the money you save in transport costs to Perennial AND get sponsored by colleagues to boot!
- There’s a gym outside your window – get out in the garden and get fit in the process – why not ask friends and neighbours if they need a hand in their garden in exchange for a donation to Perennial?
- #GetBaking – hold a cake sale or a tea party in the office, or with your friends
- #GetDressed – dress to impress in your workplace – get going in a superhero costume or morphsuit
- #GetMoving – hold a Zumba session in your office, or dance the night away to raise money for HortAid
- #GetGreen – Recycle your old mobile phones, inkjet cartridges and any unwanted jewellery to Perennial via Recycle 4 Charity and Recyling for Good Causes
- Save on fuel and carbon emissions for the day – use manual equipment instead of petrol power for the day and get sponsored for your efforts
- #GetRid – reuse your unwanted items and hold a bring and buy sale at work to raise money
- #GetOpen – host an impromptu ‘Garden Open’ event with voluntary donations and tea and biscuits!
- #GetGrowing – Put your extra plants, fruit and veg to good use by holding a plant sale outside your house – set up an honesty box with a sign about Perennial asking for donations
- #GetWet – Take part in a sponsored swim, or relive the summer of 2014 and do an Ice Bucket Challenge
- Hand car wash – charge for your efforts, or ask for a voluntary donation
- #GetGlam – wear makeup – nail polish, lipstick, complete with a green wig (or hair dye) – for the day
- #GetGunged – create a gunge tank at work – everyone pays for a vote and the one with the most gets the gunge! Will the boss be gunged?
- #GetDaring – skydive, bungee jump or zipwire for HortAid
- Dare to get going in as funny a way as possible and nominate a friend to join you (use #GetGoingforHortAid on Twitter) –how many people can you join together…
Whatever you do, don’t forget to tell us about it!
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Coming up in 2016
23 July – 9 October – Broomfield Landscaper Challenge
A group of colleagues and friends fromGreenspace Solutions in Leeds (now owned by GRITIT UK) are joining forces to raise money for HortAid this year in memory of Alan Broomfield.
Alan, who worked for Greenspace Solutions, died from cancer last year and leaves a wife and young son.
The team are participating in three events:
Find out more on their JustGiving team page, or sponsor them individually via the links below:
11 September 2016 – London-Brighton Bike Ride
Want to emulate the extraordinary exploits of our Grubby Gardeners 7-seater team?
The 54-mile route is one of the most iconic in British cycling – starting from Clapham Common, you’ll wind Mitcham, Carshalton, Chipstead, Turners Hill and Haywards Heath before tackling the big one – Ditchling Beacon!
18 September 2016 – Nuts Challenge
Will you get muddy for Perennial?
The Nuts Challenge is the most famous muddy obstacle course in the UK, and we’ve teamed up with the event organisers to provide a specific Perennial race in 2016. 5km, 60 obstacles, and lashings of mud!
Will you enter a team?
18 – 26 September 2016 – Three Peakers Ride Again: Snowdon 2 Lands End
A team of landscapers and nurserymen and women from across the UK cycled from Snowdon to Lands End in just 6 days in September 2016. So far the team has raised over £33,300 for Perennial, a life-changing amount of money that will help us support many more horticulturists struggling to cope, and their fundraising efforts will continue until the BALI Awards on 2 December 2016.
9 October 2016 – Royal Parks Half Marathon
A new event for Perennial in 2016! Come and join our ‘Get Going’ team and take part with over 16,000 runners through Central London, and four Royal Parks.
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10 July 2016 – British 10K London
James Robbins, Fullers Mill Head Gardener Annie Dellbridge and her son Sam completed the British 10K London on 10 July.
You can still add to their fundraising totals via JustGiving:
24 June 2016 – Slieve Donard Challenge
A group of Irish horticulturists, led by Doug Thomson, tackled the trek from the coast up to the top of Slieve Donard, the tallest mountain in Northern Ireland.
Along the way, they have raised well over £1,000!
View the JustGiving team page, or visit an individual to sponsor them:
11 June – Tandem Skydiving
A group of intrepid fundraisers – including Gold Medal-winning garden designer Ann-Marie Powell – raised over £4,000 on 11 June!
However, you can skydive for Perennial at any time of year. Watch this video to get some inspiration.
24 April 2016 – Virgin Money London Marathon
The amazing Paresh Raithatha and Andrew O’Brien ran the London Marathon for HortAid in 2016, and between them raised nearly £5,000!
- Marathon heroes raise nearly £5,000 for HortAid
- Running the London Marathon next year? Email our HortAid team
15 January 2016 – Party for Perennial
Our 2016 HortAid campaign got off to a flying start at the Party for Perennial at Skyloft, Altitude London.
The event raised a total of nearly £35,000, with over £26,000 of that for HortAid!
- Record fundraising at Party for Perennial
- Charity Champions announced at Party for Perennial
- Plans unveiled for ambitious cycle challenge
- View our photo gallery (Flickr)
6 September 2015 – London to Brighton bike ride
Claire and Jamie completed an extraordinary weekend by forming part of a team that cycled a 7-seater bicycle all the way from Clapham Common to the seafront in Brighton! They were joined by our Extreme 3 Peaks team. Between them, they raised more than £3,000.
5 September 2015 – Nuts Challenge
Claire Vokins and Jamie Butterworth braved the daunting 7km Nuts Challenge course, near Dorking, Surrey. With over 100 obstacles and lashings of deep Surrey mud, they had a fantastic time!
1-14 September 2015 – Go Green for HortAid
Fire engines were pulled, raffles were held, jam was sold, and green custard pies were thrown. Our fool-hardy fundraisers raised almost £10,000 during our Go Green fortnight!
- Orpington school children and Coolings Garden Centre raise £500
- The Go Green Riddler gets her own back on our Marketing Manager
12 July – British 10K London
Our amazing team of runners raised more than £2,270 racing through the streets of London in one of the country’s most popular running events!
2 May – Skydive for Perennial
Intrepid Perennial thrill-seekers leapt out of an aeroplane to raise over £4,200 for Perennial! While two of our “Grubby Gardeners”, Michael Perry and David Lewis, marked World Naked Gardening Day at the same time…
18 April – Dirty Dozen Races
The Grubby Gardeners got down and dirty for another fantastic mud run in Kent, and raised over £2,500 in the process!
12 and 26 April – OTT (One man, Two marathons, Two weeks)
Nigel Bowcock, owner of Acre Landscapes Ltd and BALI board member raised over £2,500 running two marathons in a fortnight!
- Brighton Marathon (12 April)
- London Marathon (26 April)
- Nigel Bowcock completes HortAid marathon challenge
15 January – Party for Perennial
We started the year in fantastic style with more than 300 people attending the Party for Perennial, raising more than £20,000!
- Inaugural Party for Perennial kicks off new year of fundraising
- View our Party for Perennial photo gallery (Flickr, or Google+)
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We want to know if you’re planning to Get Going for HortAid!
We can support with publicity, marketing collateral, and help to make sure your fundraising event is as successful as possible.
Fill out the form below to let us know.
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