How will you raise money for HortAid in 2017?

HortAid aims to raise as much money as possible to help horticulturists in need of Perennial’s support. In 2016, we raised more money than ever before to help those who require our services.

Fundraising for HortAid 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

Join in HortAid 2017

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 our 2017 HortAid campaign the most spectacular and successful ever!

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 client’s stories here or watch Martin’s story below. 

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 (www.justgiving.com/Perennial).

Sponsor Form – You can also download our HortAid sponsor form, and get your friends and colleagues to support your fundraising. Don’t forget to ask them to tick the GiftAid box for an extra 25% from the UK Government!

Text Message – The fastest way of sending us a donation is via your mobile phone:

Text one of the following messages to 70070:

HORT17 £1
HORT17 £2
HORT17 £3
HORT17 £4
HORT17 £5
HORT17 £10

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 marketing@perennial.org.uk.

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

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

  • Become a Perennial Partner in 2017:
    • 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 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!

Perennial fundraising events in 2017

19 January 2017 – Party for Perennial


The Party for Perennial has raised over £50,000 over the last two years to support horticulturists in need of our services, and we’re delighted to unveil a new venue for the 2017 Party – the wonderful Barbican Garden Room & Conservatory, in central London.

As well as providing an opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues from across the horticulture industry, the evening will provide great entertainment, food and drink and features the annual Party for Perennial auction and raffle. Our host for 2017 is James Alexander-Sinclair.

23 May 2017 – Play the Pitch for Perennial



Horts v Horts Six-a-Side Football Tournament

Leicester City FC, King Power Stadium

Sponsor: ICL Professional Horticulture

Media partner: Landscape & Amenity Product Update magazine

Tuesday 23 May 2017 8am – 12 noon

Join us at the tournament of the year, on one of the most talked about pitches in the UK!

Leicester City Football Club is a showcase for UK groundsmanship at its very best. Grounds Manager John Ledwidge has arranged for Perennial to host a very special tournament that will pitch horts against horts in a frenzy of competition! It promises to be great fun for you and a fabulous way to raise money for your colleagues facing tough times.

Demand for places on this competition is going to be high, so stake your claim now!

17 September 2017 – Nuts Challenge

The Nuts Challenge is the most famous muddy obstacle course in the UK, and we teamed up with the event organisers to provide a specific Perennial race in 2016. 5km, 60 obstacles, and lashings of mud!

The event will be back in 2017 so start getting your team together and get ready for a great day out!

17 September 2017 – London to Brighton bike ride

Will you join the Perennial team cycling from London to Brighton in 2017?

Join fellow Perennial fundraisers as they cycle the iconic route from Clapham Common in London to the waterfront in Brighton.

7 October 2017 – Royal Parks Half Marathon

A new event for Perennial in 2016 this picturesque half marathon taking in some of the capital’s great landmarks proved really popular! We have secured places ahead of the 2017 event so if you fancy a challenge in beautiful surroundings, find out more today.


Highlights from HortAid 2016

9 October 2016 – Royal Parks Half Marathon

A new event for Perennial in 2016 this picturesque half marathon taking in some of the capital’s great landmarks proved really popular! We have secured places ahead of the 2017 event so if you fancy a challenge in beautiful surroundings, find out more today.

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 £40,000 for Perennial, a life-changing amount of money that will help us support many more horticulturists struggling to cope with life’s many challenges.

The event was fully supported by top professional guides from Passion In Events (PIE).

The event was sponsored by Bowles & WyerSilverland StoneLondon Stone and Garden Link. In addition, the challenge vehicles were sponsored by SkidmoresOakview Landscapes and Thurlow Nunn Vauxhall.

18 September 2016 – Nuts Challenge

The Nuts Challenge is the most famous muddy obstacle course in the UK, and we teamed up with the event organisers to provide a specific Perennial race in 2016. 5km, 60 obstacles, and lashings of mud!

The event will be back in 2017 so start getting your team together and get ready for a great day out!

23 July – 9 October – Broomfield Landscaper Challenge


A group of colleagues and friends from Greenspace Solutions in Leeds (now owned by GRITIT UK) joined forces to raise money for HortAid last year in memory of Alan Broomfield.

Alan, who worked for Greenspace Solutions, died from cancer in 2015 leaving a wife and young son.

The team participated in three events:

Find out more on their JustGiving team page, or sponsor them individually via the links below:

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

Ann-Marie Powell, Butter Wakefield and Charles Blumlein celebrate their skydives for HortAid with Perennial staff Chris Crooker and Sammi Danckwerts

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

Perennial's Chris Crooker and Jamie Hill were on hand to welcome in Andrew O'Brien and Paresh Raithatha as they finished the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 24 April 2016.

The amazing Paresh Raithatha and Andrew O’Brien ran the London Marathon for HortAid in 2016, and between them raised nearly £5,000!

15 January 2016 – Party for Perennial

Party for Perennial 2016

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!

6 September 2015 – London to Brighton bike ride

The 7 seater bicycle completing the climb of Turners Hill during the 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

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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!

12 July – British 10K London

The Perennial team at the 2015 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

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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!

15 January – Party for Perennial

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We started the year in fantastic style with more than 300 people attending the Party for Perennial, raising more than £20,000!

We want to know how you’re planning to raise money for HortAid!

We can support you with publicity, marketing collateral, and help you make sure your fundraising event is as successful as possible.

Fill out the form below to let us know.

HortAid event

Contact us and let us know what you're planning to do to raise money for Perennial's HortAid campaign.
  • If you have a JustGiving page, share the link with us and we'll help you promote it.



#PlaythePitch for Perennial

WHEN: Tuesday, 23rd May 2017, 08:00 - 12:00

£600 per team which includes the six-a-side tournament, refreshments and lunch.

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