Will you rise to the challenge for HortAid 2016?

UK horticulture’s trade charity Perennial is challenging people across the industry to show their support this year by signing up for one of the HortAid 2016 challenge events. Whether your preference is running, skydiving, cycling or tackling a muddy assault course, Perennial has a range of fundraising events available that participants can sign up for now.

Perennial has teamed up with organisers of the Nuts Challenge to present a special Go Nuts for HortAid Challenge on 18 September. Teams of between five and ten members are invited to battle it out in one of the muddiest assault courses around.

Chris Crooker, events manager at Perennial said: “We expect Go Nuts for HortAid will be the largest organised challenge event for HortAid 2016 and we already have over 20 people who have pledged to take part, including some of our brilliant Grubby Gardeners. The event takes place in Dorking, Surrey and is supported by BBC Surrey who will broadcast live on the day. Teams will have to conquer 5km, 60 obstacles and lashings of mud but it’s fantastic fun and can be tackled by all abilities, military training not required.”

Perennial is also putting together a team of sky-divers to take part in the Guinness World Record attempt for the most tandem skydives in 24 hours from the height 10,000 ft. The team of 10 will take to the skies on Sunday 11 June with hundreds of other skydivers to set a new world record while raising money for Perennial.

Places are now available for runners to take part in the British 10k London on 10 July, while Perennial’s places for the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October have already been snapped up.

Denise Ewbank, PR manager for BALI, is one of the half marathon runners and explains why she is taking on the challenge for Perennial this year: “I’ve been involved with the landscaping industry in a marketing and PR role for over 17 years and, through my involvement with BALI, have worked closely with Perennial’s marketing and development teams and strongly support the work they do. I have a ‘big’ birthday this year and needed a personal challenge that would put to good use my recreational running by raising as much money as possible for this fantastic charity.”

Although Perennial’s allocated places for the Royal Parks Half Marathon and the Virgin Money London Marathon are now filled, the charity would like to hear from anyone who has secured a place in any of these events via the public ballot and offers help and support with fundraising should you wish to support Perennial.

Confirmed events to sign up for now:

Skydive for Perennial (dates throughout the year + possible Guinness World Record attempt on 11 June)

The British 10K London (10 July 2016)

London to Brighton Bike Ride (11 September 2016)

Nuts Challenge (18 September 2016)

To find out more about any of the events, visit www.hortaid.org.uk call Chris Crooker on 0800 093 8510 or email: hortaid@perennial.org.uk

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