Children’s hospice is garden centre’s charity of the year

A Wetherby children’s hospice is set to gain from the generosity of a Bradford Garden Centre’s customers and staff.

Staff at Tong Garden Centre voted unanimously for Martin House to be their Charity of the Year for 2015-2016.

The team at Tong aims to raise £5,000 for the charity that provides family led care for children with life shortening conditions through a series of fund-raising events and collection boxes at the tills.

The Charity of the Year initiative came from Jo Dales, Tong Garden Centre’s marketing manager: “We’re at the heart of the community here at Tong and we wanted to support a local charity that makes a real difference to the lives of local people.

“Martin House offers a place where children, young people and their families can stay and provides invaluable support, rest and practical help.

“We’re delighted to be able to support their great work and to help them to raise the £5 million they need to offer this vital service to more than 400 families in the region.”

John Haigh, corporate fundraiser, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have the team at Tong Garden Centre supporting us. Around 25 per cent of the children and families cared for and supported by Martin House in any one year come from BD postcodes, so it’s really great to have such an ambitious, Bradford based business as Tong Garden Centre working in partnership with us.

“Having already met some of the team, I know they will deliver for the hospice as they deliver to their customers. Big thanks to the whole team – their support will make a real difference to the lives of our children”

Martin House is set in six acres of landscaped gardens in the village of Boston Spa and has a music room, play room, sensory room, art area, teenage den and Jacuzzi.

“Its services are free to those in need and it supports families from West, North and East Yorkshire. It currently looks after over 340 families and 100 bereaved families.

The team at Tong with Marty Bear r
The team at Tong with Marty Bear

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