As well as donating money direct to a number of charities as part of our Do Some Good campaign, we’ve also donated garden furniture to various national charities for them to sell in stores close to Lazy Susan HQ.
With Greenfingers, they wanted our garden furniture for their Turn Old Into Gold auctions, and we were more than happy to help. This is a charity doing some truly great things.
Turn Old Into Gold is an initiative through which industry suppliers such as Lazy Susan are encouraged to donate old or unwanted stock. Those products are then sold at auction with all the proceeds going to the charity.
Over the last year supporters have included the likes of Wyevale Nurseries, Scotts Miracle Grow, and Jigsaw Marketing. So when we were invited to support the scheme, it was without hesitation, and we’ve now donated to two auctions.
All funds raised through the Turn Old into Gold scheme contributes to their A Million Moments appeal. Launched in July 2015, this campaign aims to raise £1 million to help provide gardens for at least a further 5,000 children.
About Greenfingers Charity
Greenfingers are a national charity dedicated to supporting children and their families who spend time in hospices around the UK, by creating inspiring gardens for them to use during their stay.
By creating beautiful, well-designed outdoor spaces for children to enjoy with their family, friends and siblings, they’re providing them with a space away from the hospital ward.
Greenfingers are committed to creating specially designed, stimulating garden spaces that can bring many benefits to these children, many who sadly have life-limiting conditions.
The importance of what Greenfingers do
Most of us take for granted the simple pleasure of being able to enjoy our gardens, for these children and their families, Greenfingers are giving them the chance to spend time together outside and away from the ward, and to date, they’ve have created 55 inspiring hospice gardens around the UK.
However, there is a further waiting list of hospices that need their help. You can see the impact their work has had on the children and families who use them, and how vital these gardens are, by watching the short film below:
How Lazy Susan have helped Greenfingers Charity in 2019
At Greenfingers most recent Turn Old Into Gold auction, the latest lot of garden furniture we gave them raised an amazing £954, bringing our total this year to an incredible £1740 over the two auctions. That money is helping to bring the next magical Greenfingers garden 1740 steps closer to reality.
And trust me, they’re a busy green fingered lot… Work is nearing completion on Greenfingers gardens at Grace House in Sunderland, Richard House in East London and Clair House on the Wirral.
Plans are also underway for further inspiring outdoor spaces at Little Harbour in Cornwall, St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice in Newcastle and Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough amongst others.
Greenfingers at Chelsea Flower Show 2019
In other Greenfinger related news, for the first time ever, and in celebration of their 20th anniversary, they’ve also had a show garden at last months RHS Chelsea flower show.
I was lucky enough to visit, and it really was a stunning garden that encapsulated everything this wonderful charity is about.
Designed by Kate Gould, their lushly planted garden was described by RHS as:
A peaceful, interactive and uplifting space, where life-limited children with complex needs could come together with family, friends and carers for play, relaxation or peaceful reflection.
They further went on to describe the garden as:
Set over two levels, with a lift and sloped walkways, the Greenfingers Charity garden is an accessible space for people of all ages and abilities. With its sensitive planting and magical water-feature, the innovative garden design aims to highlight and promote the therapeutic benefits of the outside spaces created over the past 20 years by Greenfingers, the charity dedicated to creating inspiring gardens for life-limited children and their families who spend time in hospices across the UK.
To find out more about Greenfingers, please visit them at www.greenfingerscharity.org.uk