The Yorkshire & North East BALI group enjoyed a wonderful summer picnic and social evening at Perennial’s York Gate Garden, near Leeds, on Wednesday 13 July 2016. The event was a chance for BALI members in the region to network, catch up with news and take a tour of the garden with Head Gardener Adam Bowley. In addition, the event saw the launch of the Broomfield Landscaper Challenge, an epic Perennial fundraiser designed to honour and celebrate the life of Alan Broomfield, a landscaper who lost his short battle with cancer last year, leaving a wife and young son. His family has been helped and supported by Perennial, the only charity in the UK dedicated to helping horticulturists and their families in times of need.
A group of Alan’s friends and colleagues from Leeds based Greenspace Solutions, (now owned by GRITIT Ltd), are joining forces to raise money for HortAid, Perennial’s annual fundraising appeal. The team (currently 14 confirmed participants from GRITIT) hopes to raise £10,000 in 2016 by completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks in July, Yorkshire Tough Mudder in August and Yorkshire Marathon in October. Additional fundraising events will be hosted by BALI Yorkshire and North East region throughout the year.
Adam Ralph, former MD of Greenspace Solutions and now Director for GRITIT Grounds Maintenance, spoke at the event to encourage participation. He said,
“In December 2015 we lost a close friend and colleague. Alan was a pivotal member of our team who inspired us all to work hard and play hard. I am determined that this challenge will go some way to honouring his memory. It is our ‘thank you’ to the incredible team at Perennial who have looked after Alan’s family through what has been an incredibly difficult time. None of us know what life has in store for us and we must live each day as if it’s our last. But it’s reassuring to know that Perennial is there for all those who work in horticulture when things get tough – we’re proud to be supporting them this year and we hope as many of you as possible join us in this challenge.”
Kate O’Shea, Development Manager at Perennial, will be supporting all the participants over the next few months. She says,
“It has been a truly humbling experience for all those involved in this challenge to understand what a difference Perennial can make to a family experiencing loss and grief. We are honoured that Alan’s colleagues and friends have chosen to remember Alan in such a positive and dynamic way. I look forward to working with them all over the coming months to help them reach their fundraising target and ensure that many more families have the support they need from our brilliant network of Caseworkers.”
For further information about Perennial and its range of free and confidential services for all horticulturists in times of need, visit www.perennial.org.uk
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Photos all taken at York Gate Garden, Wednesday 13 July 2016.
From left to right in group shot of BALI Y&NE committee:
Helen Craddock – Turfnearth
Richard Gill – Greentech
Adam Ralph – GRITIT
Tony Coles – Johnsons of Wixley
Ricky Whiteman – Grace Landscapes
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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, financial hardship and old age – although increasingly those under retirement age are seeking their assistance. Many individuals describe the services Perennial offers as a ‘lifeline’. The work of Perennial depends on voluntary donations from the horticultural industry and the garden-loving public.
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