Simon Hallam announces Haskins’ fundraising total

Simon Hallam from Haskins Garden Centre presents chequeSimon Hallam, Manager of Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown has announced the fundraising total of a considerable £4,548.03 for its charity partner, Dorset Mind.

The Ferndown garden centre selected Dorset Mind as its charity to support in 2017. Employees at the centre raised funds and awareness for the charity by hosting events throughout the year.  They also participating in individual charitable challenges.

During 2017 the garden centre held two popular Quiz Nights.  They also collected donations in its Wishing Well and Fountain Coins – coins thrown into the centre’s outdoor water features. Throughout December, the centre also held a Christmas Family Night and Christmas Shopping Night to encourage donations for the charity.

Quote from the garden centre Manager, Simon Hallam

Ferndown’s centre manager, Simon Hallam, took part in the Brighton Marathon in April 2017 to further raise funds for Dorset Mind. Simon said: “We are delighted with the final amount raised for Dorset Mind. We worked hard within the centre to raise money through a range of activities and help raise awareness of mental health issues across Dorset.

“Completing the Brighton Marathon for the charity was a personal highlight of the year. I raised £250 for Dorset Mind off the back of this challenge and I would like to thank everyone for their generous support.”

What has this meant for Dorset Mind…

Dee Swinton, Dorset Mind’s marketing manager, said: “One well-known benefit of gardening is the ability to enhance people’s mental health and wellbeing.  So it seemed a natural partnership working with Haskins Garden Centre right from the start.

We’re over the moon with the amount Haskins has raised.  This incredible donation will go towards helping us support and educate local people to recover and live with mental health challenges.

As an affiliate of Mind, we have to create successful fundraising partnerships with companies to help fund our services. Haskins has not only fulfilled this – they’ve been a pleasure to work with too. We’d like to say a heartfelt ‘thanks’ to Simon and his team for being so enthusiastic and passionate raising funds.

We’ve participated in many events at the centre throughout the last year from bucket-collecting, to quiz and music nights. The Ferndown Centre also generously donated us Easter and Christmas cakes and toy reindeer to sell.  They also held two Christmas evenings with mulled wine and festive hampers to raffle.”

We’ll be back at Haskins during May for Mental Health Awareness Week – we’ve 5 days of bucket-collecting planned, details are on our events calendar.