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  • Greenfingers bags £12k raised ‘Orse racin’ at GCA Conference

    A team of GCA members have been crowned the winners after an afternoon of horse racing. It helped raise £12,000 for Greenfingers.

    Teams competed for the Greenfingers Challenge Cup during an afternoon of ‘orse racin’. This marks the start of the GCA annual conference. The Pansies team, all garden centre staff, took the crown.
     
    Ian Flounders, who captained The Cabbages team, made up of staff from garden centre suppliers, said: “In the spirit of recycling and reusing and in keeping with the theme of this year’s conference, we decided to bring back our favourite event from conferences gone by.
     
    “The Cabbages team and The Pansies, headed up by Guy Topping competed against each other in a variety of horse races. We took on the roles of jockeys, trainers and owners to race on the new course ‘The Greenfingers Grand’.
     
    “It was a fantastic event. We also held a quiz night and an auction, and it is great news that such an amount was raised for such a worthwhile cause.
     
    “I’d like to congratulate the Pansies on their win, but I’d like to thank everyone who took part or sponsored the event and helped raise funds.”
     
    Established in 1999, Greenfingers Charity supports life-limited children who use hospices around the UK, along with their families, by creating outdoor spaces for them to enjoy with family, friends and siblings, whether through play and fun or therapeutic rest and relaxation.
     
    To date it has created 58 gardens and outdoor spaces in hospices around the country and has a waiting list of hospices that need its help now.

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