How will you raise money for Perennial in 2020?

We need you to help us raise as much money as possible to help people in horticulture and their families through hard times.

Fundraising for Perennial takes place at any time of year, just as Perennial’s services are available year-round for all those who work in or are retired from horticulture. Alan Titchmarsh, President of Perennial explains below why it is so important that we all dig deep to support the only charity in the UK dedicated to helping horticulturists in need.

“Looking back we simply couldn’t have coped during that time without Perennial”

Kate, a Perennial client

Do more. Give more. Be more!

If you’re looking for a fundraising challenge then visit our ideas page, sign up to one of our events or get in touch with us here at Perennial to find out more. Tell us what you plan to do and we’ll help promote your event and fundraising page.

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. Help Perennial change lives this year.

So get your thinking caps on and let’s make this year 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. You can read about some of our service users’ stories here.

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

Online – The easiest way to get your sponsorship money is by setting up a page via JustGiving

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

You can read about some of the people Perennial has helped here →

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Abseil down the ArcelorMittal Orbit

Experience the most spectacular views of London, whilst dangling in free space, 80 metres above the ground!

Abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit will be an experience you will never forget.

Our abseil instructors will look after you every step of the way.  They will kit you up and look after every aspect of your safety.

Using the safest rigging system conceivable, they will coax you over the edge and on your way to a truly breathtaking experience.

Make sure you savour those moments.  They are truly incredible!

Full details here.

Jurassic Coast Weekend

Stretching 95 miles between Old Harry Rocks in Dorset, to Orcombe Point in East Devon, the Jurassic Coast – England’s first Natural World Heritage Site – is the most geologically diverse coastline in the world. The exposed cliff sections allow you to look back through 185 million years of time; dinosaur remains have been found here, and it’s a fossil-hunter’s paradise.

With a more recent history of mining, shipwrecks and smuggling, this is a fascinating stretch of coastline. We take in some of its most  spectacular scenery, from the renowned natural stone archway of Durdle Door to the beautiful circular Lulworth Cove, as we continually climb and descend the steep hills of the Jurassic Coast. We camp at a lovely campsite a short distance from our route.

Full details here.

*Tour subject to minimum numbers

Surrey Hills Challenge – 5km

The Surrey Hills Festival of Sport is set in the beautiful Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, in the heart of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Perennial supports everyone working in horticulture, including viticulturists, making this a very fitting event. Can we challenge you to run 5km for Perennial?

Mark Garthwaite from Idverde took part in last year’s event:

‘I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to support Perennial again, a fantastic charity supporting my industry.  I last took to the hills for Perennial in 2016 for the wonderful ‘Three Peaker Ride again- Snowdon to Lands’ End’ bike ride’ so I didn’t take much persuading to join the Surrey Hills Challenge in the awesome Denbies Wine Estate in the Surrey Hills.  The scenery was amazing and a stand out part of the run was that a large proportion of the run saw owners and their dogs competing the same run ‘canicross’ style, so quite an experience!  I plan to be back in 2020 when I may even take on the full marathon!’

For further information email:

Trek Kilimanjaro

The highest freestanding mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro is also the highest mountain on the African continent at 5896m. Its snow-capped summit rises high above the dusty African plains; huge permanent glaciers flow down from the summit, spectacular views and beautiful ice formations are the reward for pushing your limits both physically and mentally.

Our trek takes the Machame route, allowing gradual acclimatisation to the altitude and an excellent chance of reaching the summit. We pass through thick forest, moorland and scree en route to Uhuru Peak, the highest point.

This is a challenging trek at altitude, climbing one of the most impressive mountains in the world.

Full details here.

Arctic Adventure

The perfect antidote to a cold, wet British winter is a cold, dry Arctic adventure! Away from the crowds, enjoy mesmerisingly peaceful scenes of frozen lakes and snow-covered pine and spruce forests as we explore the silent wilderness.

We’ll be snow-shoeing to a remote overnight cabin, pushing ourselves in this harsh but compelling environment, and we’ll also try cross-country skiing and husky-sledding. Staying in traditional log cabins in the woods, we can relax in Finnish saunas and enjoy the incredible night skies. If we’re lucky we’ll also see the captivating dance of the Northern Lights.

Full details here.

Trek Costa Rica

Our adventurous coast to coast challenge involves crossing from the Pacific Coast to the Caribbean on foot. En-route we see Irazu and Turrialba, the country’s highest active volcanoes, as we trek from coffee plantations and oak forests into dense tropical rainforest.

Costa Rica’s cloudforests and rainforests are justifiably world-famous for their diversity and this is a wonderful opportunity to experience one of the world’s most incredible eco-systems. We see colourful butterflies and tiny tree-frogs, and will hear howler monkeys and exotic bird calls as we trek.

This is a tough, strenuous challenge over a range of wild terrain – it’s adventurous, rewarding and a world away from the norm!

Full details here.

*Tour subject to minimum numbers

Great Wall of China Trek

Trek one of the Seven Wonders of the World for Perennial! The Great Wall of China has to be the ultimate building project the world has ever known; constructed by human hands over 2000 years ago, it stretches across this hilly region with long spurs and watch-towers often disappearing into the mists.

The trek is very varied, passing through woodland and terraced farmland, and follows the contours of the beautiful hills and mountains in remote areas north of Beijing. You will follow old sections of the Great Wall, as well as restored sections with smooth flagstones and lots of steps!

Full details here.

*Tour subject to minimum numbers

Wing Walk for Perennial

Flown by one of the most experienced display pilots in the world, on a Boeing Stearman biplane, this is one of the most unusual, exciting and breathtaking fundraising events in the UK!

To find out more about this once in a lifetime experience email:


Perennial's Director of Marketing and Development, Anita Bates, during a tandem skydive in May 2015

Imagine standing at the edge of an open doorway in an aircraft flying at 10,000 feet – the noise of the engines and the wind ringing in your ears with only the outline of distant fields below.

Now imagine leaning forward out of that doorway and letting go – falling forward into the clouds, diving down through the air as you start free-falling at over 120mph!

Imagine no more… come and join us! Great to do if you’re celebrating a big birthday, needing an adrenaline fix or need to tick it off your bucket list. A number of airfields to choose from around the UK.

Full details here.


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Need some inspiration in your fundraising for Perennial?
Try one of our ideas below…

  • Take part in one of our challenge events in 2020 or 2021

  • Become a Perennial Partner in 2020:
      • Find out more about our unique Partnership scheme for companies working in and with the UK horticulture industry

  • #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 Perennial
  • 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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We want to know how you’re planning to raise money for Perennial!

We can support you with publicity, marketing collateral, and help you make sure your fundraising event is as successful as possible. Contact us at to let us know.



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