School children fundraise for Perennial

Primary school children from Orpington pulled an 8 tonne ?green goddess? 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 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.

Gary Carvosso, managing director of Coolings, said: ?The children really demonstrated what can be achieved when everyone pulls together in the same direction ? their teamwork 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.?

Debbie Smith, headteacher 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 many money for charity in the process.?

Perennial?s wide-ranging benevolent services are regularly described by clients as a ?lifeline?. 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

You can donate to Perennial?s Go Green for HortAid 2015 campaign here: http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/perennial/go-green-2015

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