Award-winning garden centre and farm shop, Garsons of Esher, has chosen the Princess Alice Hospice to be its charity of the year for 2018 - and fundraising has already begun with collection tins at the tills. And in the February half term holidays, children can plant a seed to take home, with collection buckets at the ready for voluntary donations from parents.
The family-run business has a long-standing relationship with the Princess Alice as the two are practically neighbours. Hospice volunteers frequently send people in need of some quiet time to Garsons restaurant, and its staff have often taken part in the hospice’s fundraising challenges.
“We have a close relationship with the Princess Alice Hospice and greatly admire the amazing care that they give families,” said Garsons’ charity coordinator, Michelle Janes. “We are delighted to announce that we will be giving them our full support this year.”
Fundraising events planned so far include members of staff running the 100-mile Thames Tow Path Challenge, and collections at the Garsons’ popular food fairs, the first of which takes place on March 24-25. And the collection boxes at the tills will be able available all year round.
“We are very grateful that Garsons has chosen to support us this year,” said Mia Patterson, Princess Alice hospice community and event manager. “It costs more than £9.3 million a year to provide the care we give patients, their families and carers, and yet we receive less than 22% of our funds from the NHS. So, we rely on local people and businesses like Garsons to ensure we continue providing this much-needed compassionate care and support.”