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Skydiving fundraisers raise money for HortAid

Last weekend, three fundraisers raised almost £3,000 for HortAid, Perennial’s annual fundraising campaign.

Manoj Malde and Gillian Goodson did a skydive over Wiltshire, while Brian Hawtin walked an epic 100km in under 24 hours, all to raise money for the charity that is dedicated to helping horticulturists in times of need.

Malde and Goodson, both garden designers, leapt out of a plane at 15,000 ft from Netheravon Airfield near Salisbury, both surpassing their fundraising targets with more money still coming in.

Malde and Goodson’s fundraising pages are still actively taking donations.

On the same weekend Brian Hawtin of Brian Hawtin Landscape Design set out to walk 100km from Canterbury to Crawley in under 24 hours – he finished in 23.

Hawtin said: “Horticulture is a low paid industry, and when those who work in it are ill, have to deal with a family crisis or are injured, very often there are no savings or reserves to help them through.

“Perennial takes away the burden of worry and allows them to focus on what is important. Last year was difficult for me personally and if circumstances had been different, I might have needed Perennial’s help. I was fortunate, others are not.”

Hawtin is still actively accepting donations on his fundraising page.

Chris Crooker, events manager at Perennial, added: “Huge thanks to our two skydivers for their courage to take the plunge, while raising a fantastic amount of money, as well as Brian for completing his epic challenge.

“All money raised makes a real difference to the lives of the people that Perennial supports.”

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