GIMA raises over £6,300 for Perennial

Comedian Tim Vine helps to present cheques totalling £4,690 to both Linda Petrons of Greenfingers and Laura Garnett of Perennial at the 2016 GIMA Awards

The Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA) has raised over £6,300 for Perennial’s HortAid 2016 fundraising appeal in a Charity of the Year partnership initiated by outgoing GIMA chair Colin Wetherley-Mein of Vitax. The money was raised at the organisation’s annual Charity Golf Day in June and at the 2016 GIMA Awards, held at Celtic Manor Resort & Spa, in Cardiff, on Thursday 15 July. Perennial has shared proceeds from both events with Greenfingers, the charity that builds gardens at children’s hospices across the UK.

Laura Garnett, Perennial Development Manager who attended the Awards last week on behalf of the charity, said,

“I would like to personally thank Colin for his support of Perennial this year and not only do we wish him continued success as he steps down as GIMA Chair but we hope to continue our association with GIMA in future. It is thanks to our association with industry bodies such as GIMA that our network of Caseworkers is able to stay on the road, dedicated to providing all horticulturists with advice, support and financial assistance in times of need or crisis. Perennial is the only UK charity dedicated to helping all those who work in horticulture and we are incredibly grateful to GIMA members for digging deep to make a real difference to the lives of colleagues and friends.”

Perennial relies on voluntary donations from across the horticulture industry and the garden loving public to continue its work to help all horticulturists in times of need. To find out more about how Perennial helps its clients, visit our Ways we can help pages or read about some Success Stories here.

The GIMA Awards are designed to celebrate the best in UK garden industry manufacturing. Winners on the night included Perennial Partners Burgon & Ball Ltd who jointly won best pet care and aquatic products with Gardman UK and Perennial supporters Briers Ltd in the garden clothing category. The GIMA Supplier of the Year, sponsored by The Garden Centre Association, was won by Taylors Bulbs.

For a full list of winners and photos from the Awards dinner, please visit the GIMA website here.