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Perennial staff take on Great Wall to raise money for charity

Two members of the Perennial team are taking The Great Wall of China. Anita Bates and Laura Garnett have been colleagues since 2012 and this is their first fundraising challenge together.
Their journey across China will take in around 70 miles of the Great Wall from Huangyauan to Beijing. This amounts to approximately 32 hours of trekking. While the challenge may be gruelling, the trip also promises to be uplifting as the pair will experience stunning scenery. They will also experience the generosity of their hosts and the comradery of their fellow fundraisers. All are on a mission to make a difference to the people Perennial helps.
 

Anita Bates, director of marketing & fundraising, at Perennial says:

“We can no longer pretend this isn’t happening. Despite hours of training walks neither Laura or I quite feel prepared for the epic challenge ahead of us. One of my main worries is the thought of saying goodbye to my daughters. It’s the first time I have been away from them for so long. But the reason for walking the wall remains steadfast in our thoughts and we know the generosity of our sponsors and supporters will keep us going. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far – your support will allow Perennial to continue to help people who are in desperate need. It’s what we’re here for after all.”
 
Perennial is the only charity in the UK dedicated to helping all those who work in horticulture who are facing tough times. For almost 180 years, Perennial has offered advice and support to working or retired horticulturists and their families. Those in the industry who may be facing a period of difficulty and who need a helping hand. Perennial relies on the support of the UK horticulture industry to continue providing free advice and support. Challenges such as the Great Wall of China Trek allow Perennial to plan and maintain services into the future. It also helps to spread the word about how Perennial helps people.
 

Laura Garnett, senior development manager at Perennial, says:

“I have not hidden the fact that I am absolutely terrified about the challenge ahead of me. It will be the hardest thing I have ever done. The only thing keeping me going will be the thought that the money we have raised will help transform someone’s life. We often share personal stories from people Perennial has helped, but for me it’s the thought of those we weren’t able to get to in time that is driving me on. We’d love to reach our target of £6,000 during the challenge so if you can, please dig deep and donate to Perennial today.”
 
Several companies and businesses have already supported the trekkers with donations and equipment. Tilley Hats have donated hats to both Anita and Laura and Tilley Hats are now available to purchase on the Perennial online shop here.
 
Generous financial donations have come from ICL Horticulture, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants and Bloom PR & Communications but the pair need another £1,500 to beat their target.
 
You can follow Anita and Laura’s progress via the Perennial Twitter and Facebook pages.
You can donate to their challenge here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lauraandanita
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