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Mr Fothergill’s Target the £10,000 Barrier for Garden Re-Leaf Day

February 21st, 2019 | News | 0 Comments

Commercial Director Tim Jeffries on the Mr Fothergill's Greenfingers Charity Walk

Mr Fothergill’s aim to crash through a total of £10,000 raised for Greenfingers during this year’s Garden Re-leaf activity. Over £8,500 has been raised by the Suffolk seedsman over the years through participation in the annual walk and cycle ride, plus sales of dedicated sweet peas, and we aim to push through the metaphorical barrier in 2019!

National Field Sales Manager Richard Keegan on the Mr Fothergill's Greenfingers Charity bike rideThe annually assembled Mr Fothergill’s squad, Team Lightning Seeds, are already in training for the 100-mile bike ride and the 20 mile walk on 22nd March.

Last year biking rookie Richard Keegan, National Field Sales Manager, took to the 100-mile course alongside the professional looking Matt Jackson (Business Development Manager). Matt was first home, but Richard is determined to change that this year.

Richard and Matt will be joined on the day by walkers Alison Roberts, Samantha Broadway, Nina Claydon, Dave Carey, Tim Jeffries, Jeremy Sharp, Alison Mulvaney and Chris Owen. In addition, staff at Kentford will be completing various fundraising events in the Mr Fothergills HQ.

Business Development Manager Matt Jackson ready for the Mr Fothergill's Greenfingers Charity bike rideThe company have previously launched exclusive sweet peas which raise 25p on each sale for the charity. The Greenfingers sweet pea is available in Mr Fothergill’s stockists nationwide and direct from the company.

Commercial Director, Tim Jeffries commented “I hope this is the year we break through the £10,000 barrier for our donations to Greenfingers. Such a great cause in the gardening world and so many people in our company get behind our efforts to raise money whether in the office or on the walk or ride. I might take a side bet in Matt beating Richard again in the 100-mile bike ride!”

Please help us to continue to raise even more cash for Greenfingers by donating now via our JustGiving page!

About Greenfingers
Greenfingers is a national charity dedicated to supporting the children who spend time in hospices around the UK, along with their families, by creating inspiring gardens for them to relax in and enjoy. The Charity makes beautiful, well-designed outdoor spaces for children to share with family, friends and siblings, whether through play and fun, or therapeutic rest and relaxation. To date Greenfingers Charity has created 51 such gardens and outdoor spaces, and has a further waiting list of hospices that need its help.

Mr Fothergill's Team Lightning Seeds preparing for the Greenfingers Charity bike ride

Mr Fothergill’s Staff ‘Smarten Up’ to Raise Money for BBC Children in Need

November 20th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

Staff at Mr Fothergill’s Seeds dressed up for the occasion last week to help raise money for BBC Children in Need. Tim Jeffries, Mr Fothergill’s Commercial Director donated £1 for each person who came to work wearing a tie, an idea which came about as he is normally the only person to wear one in the office!

Tim said “I thought it would be a great challenge for my colleagues to take a leaf out of my book and come to work wearing a tie! I am delighted with how many people took part and that we could do our bit to help raise money for such a great cause.”

‘Ties for Tim’ was part of a week of fundraising activity at the Suffolk seed specialist, with staff also taking part in a cake bake, the Children in Need annual duck race and coming dressed up in their finest yellow or spotty outfits, with all proceeds going to BBC Children in Need.

The money raised during the week totalled over £400 and has been boosted by a further £15,800 from sales to date of Mr Fothergill’s Sunflower Pudsey and Pumpkin Pudsey seed packets into retailers.

The two packets for children were launched earlier this year as part of Mr. Fothergill’s partnership with BBC Children in Need, with 30p from each packet going to the charity. David Carey, Mr Fothergill’s joint Managing Director commented “We are so pleased with the positive reaction we have had from our trade customers about our Children in Need seed packets. We are already receiving top up orders from our initial sell in, so are looking forward to being able to add to an already tremendous donation total over the coming season.”

Sunflower Pudsey and Pumpkin Pudsey have an RRP £1.99 and are available now from selected garden retailers, online at www.mr-fothergills.co.uk and in selected Homebase stores.

Make a difference with Mr Fothergill’s and BBC Children in Need

November 13th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

Together, let’s make a difference and grow seed! 30p from each packet of Sunflower Pudsey and Pumpkin Pudsey will go to BBC Children in Need.

We are delighted to announce our new partnership with BBC Children in Need, launching two new seed packets for children – Sunflower Pudsey and Pumpkin Pudsey. 30p from each packet sold will benefit BBC Children in Need, to help make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK. Let’s join together and have some fun growing the tallest sunflower and scariest pumpkin and help make a difference.

BBC Children in Need believe that every child in the UK should have a childhood which is safe, happy and secure and allows them the chance to reach their potential. To help achieve their vision, they provide grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. They currently support 2,400 of these projects. Since 1980, over £800 million has been raised in aid of BBC Children in Need.

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Sunflower Pudsey flowers the same year as sown. Easy, fast-growing with huge heads on giant stems. 75 seeds for only £1.99!

Pumpkin Pudsey is perfect for carving at Halloween – with sweet tasting orange flesh it’s perfect for pies, too. 100 seeds only £1.99!

For more information on BBC Children in Need and all the great work they do, head to www.bbc.co.uk/childreninneed.

Help Mr Fothergill’s Commemorate Armistice Day with Poppy Victoria Cross

November 9th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

This Remembrance weekend, all proceeds from each packet of Mr Fothergill’s Poppy Victoria Cross sold will be donated to the Chelsea Pensioners of the Royal Chelsea Hospital Appeal.

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Over the last four years we’ve been donating 25p from the sale of every packet of Poppy Victoria Cross to the Royal Hospital Chelsea. You’ve helped us to raise over £75,000 so far – that’s more than 300,000 packets and 75 million poppy seeds!

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With the anniversary of the end of the Great War approaching, we thought it would be fitting to commemorate this special Armistice Day by donating the entire £2.10 packet price of Poppy Victoria Cross to the Chelsea Pensioners. This offer applies to all packets sold from now until midnight on Armistice Day, Sunday 11th November 2018.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea was established in 1682 by Charles II to provide a safe home for military veterans ‘broken by age or war’. The Christopher Wren-designed Royal Hospital admitted its first pensioners in 1692. Rachael Ferguson, corporate partnerships officer at the Royal Hospital Chelsea said “We are delighted at Mr Fothergill’s continued support, which is well known among and appreciated by the Chelsea Pensioners. The backing from the company and its thousands of customers, for which we are grateful, is quite remarkable”.

Please note that there is a £1.95 P&P charge for all seed orders, including single packets. However, this is a fixed charge no matter how many packets of seed you buy. Head to mr-fothergills.co.uk for more.

 

We are Teaming up with the RHS to Send Seeds to Syrian Refugees

May 23rd, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

Hundreds of Syrian refugees from the Domiz Camp in Northern Iraq are benefiting from receiving 2,000 flower and vegetable seed packets, from Mr Fothergill’s Seeds.

Sent as part of a project set up by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and The Lemon Tree Trust, the seeds were specially chosen by 200 Syrian families, who despite living in difficult circumstances, hope to gain some joy from the benefits of gardening. The list was made up of varieties that would bring colour to the camp and could be grown in the harsh conditions, including marigolds, sunflowers, peppers and cucumbers.

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The delivery of seeds to the refugee camp is reminiscent of a similar act, a hundred years ago, when the RHS sent seeds to British prisoners of war in the Ruhleben camp in Germany. Both instances showing that gardening and plants can bring hope, comfort and sanctuary to those displaced by war.

Tim Jeffries, our Commercial Director commented “We were absolutely delighted to be able to help out the RHS and The Lemon Tree Trust by donating seeds from our ranges. We hope that they will provide some pleasure for those living in the difficult conditions of the Domiz Camp.”

‘The Lemontree Trust Garden’ designed by Tom Massey, is being showcased at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year and is inspired by the gardening in the Domiz Camp, where the seeds were sent.

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