Join London Stone Trade Club and Support Greenfingers Children's Charity

Some things you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy, and having a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening disease has to be one of them - don't you think?

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Greenfingers garden at Butterwick Hospice, Stockton on Tees

Picture credit: Greenfingers

For families who have to face this situation, this is where the wonderful hospices around the country step in - offering a secure environment and respite, where families can relax and enjoy their child's company, unburdened by having to provide often complex day-to-day care. Visitors often report what a happy place a hospice is.

Many hospices, however, need more facilities and many would love to have a garden that can be enjoyed by everyone - children, parents, siblings and staff, which is where Greenfingers comes in.

Greenfingers builds gardens for children's hospices, working closely with each one to ensure the design suits their needs and the needs and age range of the children staying there. Where possible the children themselves are involved in the design.

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The Pirate Boat at Robin House Children's Hospice, Balloch, Scotland

Picture credit: Greenfingers

The gardens are built to cater for different activities - socialising, therapy, play, reflection and discovery - and offer families the chance to play and be together outdoors, away from the bedside, creating moments that remain in the memory.

Greenfingers has already completed, and continues to support, forty-nine gardens around Britain but there's still a huge need. Hence the launch this month of their A Million Moments Appeal, which aims to raise £1 million over the next three years to create around fifteen new gardens, giving five thousand more children access to a decent outdoor space. It's named to underline the importance of those shared moments in the fresh air.

At the launch of the appeal, Greenfingers Charity Director Deborah Skillicorn, said, “Recently I have spent time visiting hospices all over the UK who are crying out for a Greenfingers garden. Many of these hospices have woefully inadequate outside areas, and yet we know how much the children they care for could benefit from a garden, play space, or simply an accessible outside area. We desperately want to provide all the hospices on our waiting list - and all the children they care for - with the gift of a garden in which really special moments can be shared with siblings, friends and family.”

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Building in progress at Chestnut Tree House Hospice, Arundel, Sussex

Picture credit: Greenfingers

It's hard not to want to do something for such a good cause, so earlier this year we chose Greenfingers as one of our two charity partners. For every new sign-up to our Trade Club in 2015, we'll donate £10 split between Greenfingers and Perennial. All you need to do is fill in our quick and easy application form and you'll be able to access all the great benefits on offer.

Go on – Trade Club membership is completely free of charge. And we'll say thank you with a donation that will help make lives better.

You can read more about our other charity partner, Perennial, in our blogpost of 11th June.

By London Stone Blog | Published 23rd July 2015
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