Horticultural therapy charity Gardening Leave has been chosen as one of three finalists in Dobbies Garden Centres’ search for a national charity partner to celebrate its 150th anniversary.?
If Gardening Leave wins,?2,000?sessions of gardening therapy will be provided by Gardening Leave to some of?Britain’s?bravest men and women from the Armed Forces who suffer the invisible wounds of war. Also four Dobbies flagship stores would be twinned with Gardening Leave sites across the UK.
But Gardening Leave needs help to reach the final stage as Dobbies is asking the public to vote for its favourite one of the charities ? and so Gardening Leave is appealing for support.
Voting is simple ? just click here?or via the Dobbies button on Gardening Leave?s homepage www.gardeningleave.org. The deadline for votes is Monday 23 March at noon.
Heather Budge-Reid, chief executive of Gardening Leave, said: ?We are over the moon to have been chosen as a finalist by Dobbies. As anyone who gardens knows, gardening makes you healthy and happy, and this is the message we want to get across. Please take the time to click and vote for Gardening Leave.?
Dobbies has 35 stores nationwide and is aiming to raise at least ?50,000 for its chosen charity in its 150th anniversary year.
Gardening Leave helps Armed Forces veterans with mental health issues by tending to the invisible wounds of conflict. Using horticultural therapy the charity supports veterans, aged 21-65, on their journey to good health and transition to civilian life.
It has projects at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, Erskine Hospital near Glasgow, Auchincruive near Ayr and an outreach site at East Acton in London. A new Gardening Leave project will open in Dundee this summer.