Project information

Greenfingers Charity Gardens

To develop wonderful gardens to support the children and families who use the services of children's hospices throughout the UK. These gardens can be for play, or for rest and recuperation, for stimulation or simply a delight in nature. The gardens can also provide a space to reflect and remember.

12 months

Charity information: Greenfingers Charity

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  • Need

    Need

    Life-limited children and their families whilst in hospices receive wonderful medical care and support, but often they need somewhere else to be a family together. A Greenfingers garden offers a specially created outdoor area that adds so much more to their care and support and are often described as a place to bring the work that goes on inside the hospice, outside.

    Solution

    By working with the hospices, Greenfingers Charity use experienced experts to design accessible gardens to meet their needs. Sometimes a play garden is required to include wheelchair-friendly activities or special sensory equipment, allowing siblings to play together and create special families memories. At other times, a quiet or reflective garden is needed, allowing nature to provide a calm as families face the most difficult part of their hospice journey.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    1. To ensure gardens on our waiting list can be completed in accordance with our project plan.

    Activities

    » Proactively fundraise to ensure there are sufficient funds to complete each garden project.
    » By working with the hospices to develop bespoke gardens which meet the needs of life-limited children, families and carers.

    By opening new Greenfingers gardens in 2018.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our new gardens will deliver improved quality of life to all the children teenagers and families who use our gardens. Play gardens will add to the fun and enjoyment of life for the children, together with their siblings and families. Quiet gardens provide a haven to ease the burden of loss, stress and tiredness experienced by many families. Memorial gardens allow families time and space to remember their child. We receive feedback from hospices that demonstrates the success of the gardens.

    Risk

    The risks affecting these projects are limited. Normally this is around timing issues and whether or not we have the funds to pay for a garden. Until we know we have the funds raised or pledged we cannot commit to beginning a project.

    Reporting

    All donors are invited to attend the opening of one of our gardens, particularly where donors have chosen to support a particular garden. Donors also receive thank you letters and updates regarding the status of the projects, and we recognise their support via our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £250,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £50,000 Hard Landscaping Paths, stones, decking,
      £25,000 Soft Landscaping PLants, topsoil and turf
      £30,000 Contractors Labour, equipment hire
      £10,000 Professional Tree Surgeons, plumbers, electricians, etc.
      £50,000 Play Equipment e.g. Roundabouts, swings, etc
      £20,000 Features e.g. water features, seating, mirrors, etc.
      £20,000 Project Management The cost of coordinating the projects
      £45,000 Central Support PR, fundraising, marketing and finance

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Garden Centre Group £50,000 Conditional
    Product Promotions £25,000 Conditional
    Fundraising events £25,000 Conditional
  • Background

    Location

    There are three locations: in Oswestry in Shropshire, in Ipswich in Suffolk and in Oxford

    Beneficiaries

    The people benefiting from these gardens will be the children, teenagers and families who use the hospices services in these areas. Children's hospices provide medical support, respite care and social and emotional support for families where a child has a life-limiting disease or condition. Most of these chidlren are not expected to live into adulthood, but their care and support needs can vary enormously.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Greenfingers is a charity set up from the horticultural industry. We began over 10 years ago and since that time have created and installed 29 gardens at children's hospices throughout the UK. We pull on the expertise of our trustees, volunteers and staff to bring the highest quality of design and products to the gardens, and our many years of experience in project management allows us to ensure a project is delivered to a hospice to fulfil its needs in the most effective way.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    RIchard Jackson

    Chairman/Chief Executive. Richard is the founder of Greenfingers and a volunteers. He has been the driving force behind the aims and objectives.

    John Adkins

    Project Manager. John has been in the gardening industry for many years, and consequently is a master in bringing a project to fruition.

    Melissa Wood

    Fundraising Coordinator. Melissa makes sure that all the fundraising events and activities take place, ensuring the funds are raised