Garden centre gives funding boost for charity

Inverurie Garden Centre has raised around! �1,600 for Children 1st through coffee mornings in January.
Inverurie Garden Centre has raised around! �1,600 for Children 1st through coffee mornings in January.

Coffee mornings at Inverurie Garden Centre this month have raised around £1,600 for one of Scotland’s leading child welfare charities.

The centre also gathered £900 for Children 1st over the Christmas period through a Giving Tree and sales of the organisation’s tartan heart pin badges.

Further fundraising initiatives are also being discussed by representatives of the charity and the garden centre.

The centre’s marketing manager Rachael Forsyth praised customers for their support.

She said: “They have played a key role in this. Without their support we couldn’t have raised this amount.

“We spoke to people about the coffee mornings and it was not just the fact they were coming for coffee, but they were aware that the money was being raised for Children 1st, which is important.

Karen Moore, the charity’s senior corporate fundraiser, said: “We are extremely grateful to the garden centre for supporting us over the last few months, it’s just been fantastic.

“It’s a long-term partnership because we are looking ahead to more fundraising ideas as well. Every penny that is raised in Scotland stays in Scotland and goes towards the local services that we have in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.”

The funds raised from the coffee mornings, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, will go towards the charity’s annual Buchan Barn Dance which will be held at Haddo in August.

To find out more about support Children 1st in your area contact Karen Moore on (01224) 251152, or karen.moore@children1st.org.uk