Award-winning garden centre and farm shop, Garsons of Esher, will make 2019 the year it raises funds for a children’s charity started by a local family.
Collection tins for Harrison’s Fund have already arrived at the tills and every £25 raised this year will buy an hour’s research to find a cure for Duchenne, a type of muscular dystrophy which affects around 2,500 children and young adults in the UK.
Harrison’s Fund was set up in 2012 by Alex and Donna Smith from nearby Cobham after their son was diagnosed with Duchenne - a rare genetic condition which affects all the muscles in the body, causing them to waste away. Now 12 years old, Harrison, and his younger brother William, aged 10, are big fans of Garsons Pick Your Own strawberry and pumpkin fields and the family visit the garden centre regularly.
“We are thrilled that Garsons of Esher has selected us to be their Charity of the Year in 2019! It is always a great trip out whatever the time of year and now there’s the added bonus of supporting our amazing charity while you are there,” says Luci Roberts, Harrison’s Fund campaigns & community executive. “Duchenne is the most common rare disease that you’ve never heard of, and although the average life expectancy for someone with this condition is 25, often children as young as 10 are losing their fight. It robs children of becoming the strong grown-ups they are meant to be but, with support from businesses like Garsons, we can fund research into better treatments so our children can have a life past childhood.”
As well as collection tins at every till, Garsons will be raising funds through special events throughout the year including its regular members’ only evenings and at its popular food fairs - the first of which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 6th and 7th April.
“We have worked with the wonderful team at Harrison’s Fund for a couple of years on a number of projects and delighted to be able to support them on a more formal level in 2019,” says Ben Thompson marketing director for Garsons. “We look forward to helping them to fund life-changing treatment for children with Duchenne.”
Harrison’s Fund is different from many other Duchenne charities out there because it focuses entirely on trying to find a cure for the disease rather than on palliative care, for more information about Harrison’s Fund visit www.harrisonsfund.com
Photo caption: Harrison and his younger borther William enjoying the Garsons strawberry fields.