After careful consideration and many brilliant suggestions from our customers, we've just chosen the next charity we'll support: Thrive.
We were inspired by Thrive's work that uses gardening to change lives, with over 40 years using nature and the outdoors to bring about positive changes for people living with ill health, disadvantages, or disabilities.
As we all know, gardening has many mental and physical health benefits, and Thrive use this as a form of therapy to help people build new knowledge, skills, resilience, and better wellbeing.
As well as making regular donations, we also plan to donate plants to Thrive's 3 centres across the U.K. when they re-open after COVID-19.
Our Impact with NHS Charities Together
Our first charity partner was NHS Charities Together. We raised over £14,000, which has gone straight to a group of more than 250 NHS charities across the UK. Many focus on helping our hospitals do more, collectively funding vital services above and beyond what the NHS alone can provide.
The NHS Charities National Covid-19 Urgent Appeal was launched to acknowledge and support NHS staff, volunteers and patients impacted by Covid-19 across the country. The money raised is funding grants to help NHS charities support NHS staff, volunteers and patients, including wellbeing packs, rest and recuperation rooms and electronic tablets for isolated patients to communicate to loved ones. The funds will also resource vital care partnerships and longer term mental health recovery of staff and families.