Orpington school children and Coolings Garden Centre raise £500 for Go Green

A primary school in Orpington, Kent, has gone to unusual lengths to raise money for Perennial’s Go Green for HortAid campaign. Supported by local garden centre Coolings of Knockholt, Pratts Bottom Primary School pupils pulled an 8 tonne ‘green goddess’ fire engine 20 metres across the front of their school on Friday 11 September. Coolings sponsored them £20 for every metre raising £500 for Perennial, the UK’s only charity dedicated to supporting all horticulturists in times of crisis.

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Pupils from Pratts Bottom Primary School in Orpington, Kent, join Alan Titchmarsh at Coolings Garden Centre in Knockholt for a day of fun and fundraising on Monday 14 September. Photo credit: Coolings Garden Centre

Gary Carvosso, Managing Director of Coolings, said,

“The children really demonstrated what can be achieved when everyone pulls together in the same direction – their team work raised £500 for a charity close to the hearts of many horticulturists. We had a really fun day with them last week and they are joining us again today at the garden centre to meet Alan Titchmarsh ahead of his talk this evening.”

A raffle at the event, An Audience with Alan Titchmarsh, which took place on Monday 14 September at Coolings Garden Centre, raised a further £1,600 for Perennial’s Go Green for HortAid campaign.

Debbie Smith, Head Teacher of Pratts Bottom Primary School, said,

“All the children had a wonderful afternoon on Friday and felt a real sense of achievement, not only to have pulled the fire engine across the front of their school, but to have raised so much money for charity in the process. We had a fabulous day at Coolings yesterday; the children enjoyed some practical gardening, learned more about the Perennial and meeting Alan Titchmarsh was the icing on the cake.”

Anita Bates, Director of Marketing & Development at Perennial, said,

“It is just this sort of event that makes our annual Go Green for HortAid fortnight so special. Thank you to all the pupils from Pratts Bottom Primary, to Gary and all the team at Coolings and of course to our President, Alan Titchmarsh – we’re thrilled that this year Coolings’ ‘green goddess’ really came into its own!”

Perennial’s wide-ranging benevolent services are regularly described by clients simply as a ‘lifeline’ – over 85% of clients say that Perennial’s help had a ‘huge’ or ‘quite big’ effect on their lives – but without the financial support of the UK horticulture industry, their long-term continuation is threatened. To find out more about the work of Perennial and the free and confidential services they provide to all those working in horticulture in the UK, visit www.perennial.org.uk.


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About Perennial

Established in 1839, The Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Fund, or Perennial as it is now known, helps everyone working in and retired from horticulture, including landscapers, gardeners, garden designers, green keepers, tree surgeons, groundsmen and women, seed and turf growers, those involved in intensive production horticulture, parks and gardens staff and many more, and their families during times of crisis. The charity provides a range of support to people experiencing hardship whether through debt, illness, disability or old age. In the current economic climate this help is needed more than it ever was; in 2014 Perennial assisted its clients in accessing nearly £1.5m in direct financial help.

All of Perennial’s funds come from the generosity of the horticulture trade and the garden-loving public. To find out more about the work of Perennial and ways to get involved with fundraising during 2015, please visit www.perennial.org.uk, email info@perennial.org.uk or call one of the team on 0800 093 8510.

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