A team of high-flying fundraisers will take to the skies on Saturday 2 May to undertake a skydive to raise money for Perennial, the charity that is dedicated to helping horticulturists in need. The ten brave thrill-seekers will leap out of a plane at 10,000 ft over Norfolk, aiming to raise over £2,000 for HortAid 2015 in the process.
Taking place on World Naked Gardening Day, the team will include members of the infamous Grubby Gardeners gang who will jump wearing naked-look flesh coloured morph suits that leave little to the imagination. The Grubby Gardeners shot to fame last year when a naked photo shoot for World Naked Gardening Day led to appearances on national media.
From the original Grubby Gardeners line-up, those taking the plunge on Saturday are Michael Perry, gardening expert and presenter, David Lewis, Head Gardener at the Kensington Roof Gardens and Andrew Wain, Head Gardener at Euridge Manor near Bath. They are joined by others including Adele Ford, a double RHS Gold Medal winning garden designer and Perennial’s own Director of Marketing and Development, Anita Bates.
Anita Bates, Director of Marketing and Development at Perennial comments:
“I am somewhat terrified at the prospect of jumping out of a plane mid air, but I am putting my fears aside for a great cause. I’ve heard too many stories of people working in horticulture suffering and even taking their own lives as a result of illness, injury, debt or other problems that life could throw at any of us. Had any of these people known about Perennial, we could have helped them when they had nowhere else to turn. World Naked Gardening day may just be a bit of fun and those Grubby Gardeners are always game for a laugh, but we also hope their exploits can help get the message out there that we are here to help.”
Perennial provides free and confidential advice and support to those who work or have worked in horticulture during times of crisis and for as long as it is needed. The skydive forms part of Perennial’s annual HortAid fundraising campaign, which gives a platform for those in the industry and the garden-loving public to raise funds. All funds are put to good use – £50 could pay for a care alarm to be installed for an elderly or disabled client; £200 could fund 10 sessions at a nursery for a baby whose parent is critically ill and £1,000 could buy a new boiler for a family living without hot water or heating.
To find out more and to sponsor the skydive team visit perennial.org.uk/events/skydive-for-perennial/
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Taking part in the skydive for Perennial are:
Anita Bates – Director of Marketing and Development, Perennial
Michael Perry – New Product Development Manager, Thompson & Morgan
David Lewis – Head Gardener, The Roof Gardens, Kensington
Adele Ford – Garden Designer
Andrew Wain – Head Gardener, Euridge Manor
Aaron Bertlesen – Kitchen Gardener at Great Dixter
Lorna Swindley-Wilson – The Happy Gardeners
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Notes for Editors
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, 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.