Plans unveiled for ambitious cycle challenge as Party for Perennial kicks off HortAid 2016

The team that tackled the Three Peaks Extreme Challenge in aid of Perennial back in 2013 have unveiled their plans for a new and equally gruelling challenge for 2016. The fearless group of horticulturists and suppliers announced their plans during the Party for Perennial on 15 January to race from Snowdon to Lands End by bike in September, with two teams going head to head, one by road and one off-road. Setting themselves a target of raising £50,000, ‘The Three Peakers Ride Again’, as the event will be known, is the most ambitious challenge proposed for this year’s HortAid.

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The Party for Perennial on 15 January marked the official launch of HortAid 2016, Perennial’s annual fundraising campaign. An ever-growing number of fundraisers from across the UK horticulture industry – groups and individuals – are getting involved in a range of activities to raise money for their industry charity. Last year’s Party for Perennial raised £22,000 for HortAid, with the annual total for HortAid 2015 now standing at over £84,000 from challenge events and volunteer fundraising activity alone. As more activities are confirmed for 2016, it is hoped even more will be raised this year to help Perennial support horticulturists in need.

Teams or individuals are welcome to come up with their own fundraising ideas for HortAid and Perennial will help support and promote these. Alternatively you can take part in one of the fundraising events already organised for 2016, such as the Nuts Challenge on 18 September, where teams from across the industry will compete in one of the muddiest 5km assault courses around.

CONFIRMED EVENTS:

Skydive for Perennial (dates throughout the year)

A team of fearless fundraisers took to the skies in 2015, jumping from 10,000ft over Suffolk to raise money for Perennial. If you are inspired to do the same, get in touch about possible dates and locations.

The British 10K London (10 July 2016)

Perennial has a guaranteed number of runner places to join the 25,000 entrants who take part in the British 10K in July. Taking in some on London’s iconic landmarks, the course is a popular one with plenty of support on race day. Each of Perennial’s runners will pledge to raise at least £100 and the cost of entry is £40.

Go Green for HortAid (5 – 18 September 2016)

Go Green is the annual fundraising fortnight that provides a focus for many of the events.

London to Brighton Bike Ride (11 September 2016)

The 54-mile route is one of the most iconic in British cycling. If you want to follow in the path of the amazing 7-seater bike that completed the 2015 ride for Perennial, please get in touch.

Nuts Challenge (Sunday 18 September 2016)

Teams from the horticulture industry will be coming together to battle it out through some of the deepest mud in Surrey to take on an exciting 5km assault course. Sign up as a team with a minimum of five and maximum of ten people. With support from BBC Surrey broadcasting from the event, it is set to be a fantastic day.

Royal Parks Half Marathon (9 October 2016)

New for this year, a HortAid team will take part in this race in Central London that takes in four of the Royal Parks. Three runners are so far confirmed for this event: Nigel Bowcock Managing Director of Acre Landscapes, who ran two Marathons for Perennial in 2015, will be donning his running shoes again and he will be joined by fellow BALI Board Director, Richard Stone and Denise Ewbank, PR Manager for BALI. Get in touch if you are interested in being part of the team.

Virgin Money London Marathon (24 April)

Managing Director of Ansell Garden Centre, Paresh Raithatha and gardener/blogger, Andrew O’Brien are running the London Marathon to raise money for Perennial. If you have secured a marathon place through the ballot and would like to raise money for Perennial, please get in touch.

Sponsor Paresh at: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/paresh

Sponsor Andrew at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/andrewobrien

Sodexo Horticultural Services

Sodexo is planning to support Perennial with a series of fundraisers over 2016, which will include a charity bike ride in the summer, a golf day in the autumn, a football match in the summer and three plant sale days in the summer and autumn.

To find out more about any of the events, visit www.hortaid.org.uk or email: hortaid@perennial.org.uk

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