Award-winning garden centre and farm shop Garsons of Titchfield has raised a staggering £5,620 for their charity of the year for 2017, The Rainbow Centre in Fareham.
Money has mounted up thanks to charity boxes at the tills, collections at late-night shopping events, and staff Christmas jumper donations. Two members of staff braved an abseil down Portmouth’s Spinnaker Tower to support the charity.
A pair of real reindeer even lent a hoof to the fundraising. When these beautiful animals took up residence at Garsons in the run up to Christmas, shoppers were able to visit them for free, but were encouraged to give any spare change into collection buckets in the reindeer enclosure.
The Rainbow Centre supports children and adults suffering with neurological disorders, brain injuries or stroke. Four years ago, the charity almost closed its doors but has been able to continue its vital work, thanks to fundraising support from local companies like Garsons. The family-run firm adopted the charity in April 2016 and in that time has raised a total of more than £10,000.
"We're proud to have been able to raise funds for such a fantastic local charity," says Rachael Rogers, Garsons charity liaison. "The work The Rainbow Centre does in helping people of all ages overcome these life-changing conditions is just incredible and it has been a humbling experience to support their work all this time."
The garden centre at Fontley Road, Titchfield, will now adopt a new charity for 2018.
“We owe a big thank you to Garsons and all its customers for the support and funds they have given us over the years,” says Yvonne Campbell, senior community fund-raiser and interim fund-raising manager at The Rainbow Centre. “It has helped keep the centre doors open so we can continue to inspire and help more local people. We are now looking for a new sponsor but will always be grateful to Garsons for their help.”
For more information on The Rainbow Centre visit www.rainbowcentre.org