Fundraising garden centre boosts community charities’ funds

Three weekends of festivities coupled with goodwill from customers at a Bradford garden centre helped raise significant funds for local charities.

In the run up to Christmas, Tong Garden Centre invited local charities and groups to come to the centre and raise funds over some of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

Salvation Army bands from Morley and Wibsey, youth show band Revolution Show Corps and volunteers from Asthma UK, a local rugby club and the Shona Boocock Academy all took their turn at raising funds for their respective charities through bag-packing or by entertaining shoppers.

 The combined total raised by the groups exceeded £4,000.

 Jo Dales, marketing manager at the garden centre, said: “Our fundraising weekends in the run up to Christmas were a great success and all the money raised will go towards supporting organisations in our local community.

 “Visitors were delighted by the talented bands that played and sang carols over the weekends, and we know how much the help of the bag-packers was appreciated by shoppers.

“We’d like to extend our thanks to our customers for their generosity.

Singers and volunteers from Wibsey Salvation Army in Bradford collected a grand total of £1059.53 after entertaining shoppers.

Salvation Army church administrator Susan Spargo said: “Our band was very well received by customers who stopped to listen and applauded between Christmas carols.

“We really appreciate the support of Tong Garden Centre and the generosity of the general public funds raised allow us to continue our work with local people who are in need of the most basic necessities in life.”

The Salvation Army is a charity that demonstrates Christian values through practical support for people of all needs, ages and backgrounds.

Tong Garden Centre is proud to play an active role in fundraising for the local community and staff are aiming to raise £10,000 for its charity of the year, The Cellar Trust, during 2017.

Written on 14th February 2017Iain. Published in Members News, News