To help mark its 10th anniversary, the London College of Garden Design (LCGD), run by leading garden designers Andrew Wilson and Andrew Fisher Tomlin, is on track to raise £10,000 for Perennial in 2018. The funds will be raised through a combination of sponsorship of Perennial events, including the revived Festival Dinner on 12 October 2018, a Platinum Perennial Partnership and donations from students at LCGD events throughout the year.
Most recently the college ran a student conference, TREES: the big picture, to coincide with its 10th anniversary graduate day at The Lady Sainsbury Lecture Theatre at Kew Gardens. The event was open to current LCGD students, LCGD graduates and students from both Kew and RHS Garden Wisley, all of whom were asked to donate £25. A total of £2,675 was raised and presented to Perennial on the day.
Sue Brinsden, Partnerships Officer at Perennial, says: “Ensuring students are aware of us at an early stage in their career helps access to Perennial’s advice and support as and when it’s needed. We’re trying to spread the message that our support services are not always for those in crisis and this type of event really helps. Our thanks go to Andrew and all those who raised a fantastic amount on the day. It costs around £4,000 to keep a Perennial caseworker on the road every month so London College of Garden Design fundraising this year will make a real and lasting difference to the people we help.”
Andrew Fisher Tomlin, says: “Perennial is the only charity dedicated to helping us all working in the many branches of horticulture. It’s a truly fantastic service, offered free of charge and in complete confidence. None of us know what life has in store for us and I know people whose lives have been transformed by help from Perennial. I and my colleagues at the London College of Garden Design are committed to helping raise as much money as possible to help safeguard the services Perennial offers thousands of people and their families every year.”
To find out more about how Perennial helps and how you can get involved in its work, visit perennial.org.uk or call 0800 093 8510.