Thrive, the leading charity operating in the field of disability and gardening, has been named Thompson & Morgan?s Charity of the Year. The mail order and online plant and seed specialist will fundraise for the charity through 2016, helping to bring about positive change to the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health through therapeutic horticulture.
Kick-starting the partnership, a new sweet pea has been launched for 2016, with money generated from sales going towards Thrive training programs at the charity?s four regional centres and local community venues. Alongside this, Thompson & Morgan is also supplying over ?1,000 of flower and vegetable seeds to be grown at the charity?s three garden project sites at Gateshead, Reading and London?s Battersea Park.
Thompson & Morgan is also donating 2,400 litres of its ?incredicompost? for use in the planting displays, plus all the ?incredibloom? fertiliser needed for a bumper season of colour and produce.
Thrive was tasked with naming the new sweet pea, and called on its supporters for suggestions. Sweet pea ?Eleanore Udall? was chosen to commemorate the late wife of the founder of Thrive, the late Rev. Dr Geoffrey Udall, who bequeathed his Beech Hill estate in Berkshire, now home to the charity?s head office and gardens.
Thrive chief executive Kathryn Rossiter said: ?We would like to thank Thompson & Morgan for choosing Thrive as their Charity of the Year. I hope our supporters will buy lots of packets of sweet pea ?Eleanore Udall? and we look forward to seeing pictures of the sweet peas in bloom. We will be selling packets of the sweet peas at Thrive via our website and through our various outlets.?