TEAM OF 19 HORTICULTURISTS HAVE RAISED OVER £30,000 SO FAR FOR PERENNIAL
A group of hardy (read foolhardy) horticulturists have completed an epic 6-day cycle from the foot of Snowdon in North Wales to Lands End in Cornwall raising over £30,000 to date for Perennial, the charity supporting all those who work in the horticulture industry. The two teams of riders, some on road bikes and some on mountain bikes, climbed the equivalent of Mt. Everest (riding 759km) and Mt. Kilimanjaro (riding 530km) respectively over the course of the week. The challenge was masterminded by Brian Herbert, MD of Outdoor Options in Surrey, Matt O’Connor, MD of John O’Connor Grounds Maintenance in Hertfordshire, Darren Skidmore, MD of Skidmores in Hertfordshire and Richard Gardiner, MD of NAG Solutions in Surrey. They were supported by a brilliant group of professional riders from PIE Events, based in Surrey.
Brian Herbert can’t thank the teams and support staff enough for what was a truly memorable week. He says:
“I’m still reflecting on what was undoubtedly one of the best weeks of my life and taking everything in. It was a whirlwind of a week and I only wish I had had the energy (and time) to keep a daily diary. From the brilliant organisation that went into this challenge from pie events and the sponsors and supporters that have made it all possible, to the incredible team spirit and camaraderie of the whole squad and their families, clients and employers for giving them the time off, I am honoured to call myself a ‘Three Peaker’ and am already working on ideas for the next HortAid fundraiser!”
Kate O’Shea, Development Manager at Perennial, says:
“The Snowdon to Lands End challenge represents what is possible when our industry leaders come together to support colleagues who need the help of Perennial when times get tough. The team was determined to beat their 2013 fundraising total (£26,000 for the Three Peaks Extreme Challenge) and it’s fair to say they’ve smashed it! It was a gruelling week of cycling – both physically and mentally – taking in some breath-taking scenery from North Wales to the edge of Cornwall and we know it was not undertaken lightly by any member of the team. I would like to thank each and every rider, their supporters, the event sponsors and the team from pie events on behalf of everyone at Perennial, and all those we help each year with support, advice and financial assistance. The money raised through this challenge – just as with any of our many incredible fundraising activities – will change lives for the better and it is an inspiration to us all to keep going and to achieve more.”
The event was fully supported from start to finish by top professional guides from Passion In Events (PIE). Support vehicles were provided by Oakview Landscapes, Skidmores of Herts and Thurlow Nunn Vauxhall (Luton) and the challenge was sponsored by Bowles & Wyer, London Stone, Silverland Stone and Garden Link.
There is still time to sponsor the team securely online via JustGiving (https://www.justgiving.com/teams/three-peakers-ride-again) or by Text 2 Give (Text GRBS66 £5 (or any amount) to 70070). All funds raised will help Perennial support UK horticulturists and their families who are facing hardship, unemployment, family trauma, illness, injury or bereavement. Perennial provides free and confidential advice and financial assistance for as long as it is required, made possible by the generosity and support of the UK horticulture industry and the garden-loving public.
JustGiving team page: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/three-peakers-ride-again
Final Snowdon to Lands End Challenge team list:
Due to some last minute injuries the team was joined by non-industry riders Louise Bimpson (who rode tandem with Mark Gregory) and Duncan Boxall, friend of Brian Herbert. Unfortunately challenge sponsor Steven Walley, MD of London Stone, Cora Crowder of Crowders Nurseries and Armando Raish, MD of Treebox were unable to take part due to injury.
Duncan Boxall, friend of Brian Herbert
Paul Cowell, MD, PC Landscapes, Surrey
Richard Curle, Director, Landscape Associates Ltd, Surrey
Dan Flynn, Founding Director, Garden Link, Surrey
Richard Gardiner, MD, NAG Solutions, Surrey
Katja Griffiths, MD, Design by Katja, West Sussex
Brian Herbert, MD, Outdoor Options Ltd, Surrey
David Houghton, MD, Kings Landscapes, Buckinghamshire
Matt O’Connor, MD John O’Connor, Hertfordshire & National Vice Chair of BALI
Dan Riddleston, MD Bowles & Wyer Contracts, Bedfordshire
Darren Skidmore, MD Skidmores of Herts, Hertfordshire
Greg Skilbeck, MD, Silverland Stone, Surrey
Louise Bimpson, friend of Mark Gregory
Jim Brasier, MD, Jim Brasier Landscapes, Surrey
Rob Crowder, Chairman & Chief Executive of Crowders Nurseries, Lincolnshire
Paul Downer, MD, Oakview Landscapes, Essex & National Chair of BALI
Mark Garthwaite, Senior Contracts Manager, Quadron Services, Surrey
Mark Gregory, MD Landform Consultants, Surrey & Chair of APL
John Wyer, Founding Director, Bowles & Wyer, Bedfordshire
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Perennial offers free, confidential advice and support to everyone working in or retired from horticulture and their families, including gardeners, garden designers, landscapers, landscape architects, nursery and garden centre staff, parks and grounds care staff, arborists and tree surgeons. People turn to Perennial for financial and emotional help in times of need because of disability, sickness, poverty, financial hardship and old age – although increasingly younger people are seeking their assistance. Many individuals describe the services Perennial offers as a ‘lifeline’. The work of Perennial depends entirely on voluntary donations from the horticultural industry and the garden-loving public.