At Gates Garden Centre, we are very proud to be associated with a number of local good causes and national charities.
Thanks to the generous support of our customers and colleagues, our charitable partnerships have raised an enormous sum of money over the past 20 plus years. Through organising a range of fundraising events, both at the Garden Centre and elsewhere, together with our charity coin fountain, this has enabled us to support many worthy causes, including:
- Air Ambulance
- Anna’s Hope – For Children and Young People with Brain Tumours
- Brain Tumour Research Nottingham
- Chernobyl Children
- Claire Lomas for Spinal Research
- CLIC Sargent – Cancer Support for the Young
- East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS)
- Home Start Melton and Rutland
- Hope Against Cancer
- Matt Hampson Foundation
- Millie Baker for Rett Syndrome
- Oakham Medical Practice Crash Trolley Appeal
- Rainbows Children’s Hospice
- The Harley Staples Cancer Trust
- The Parks School, Oakham
- The Romy Fund
Read more about our recent fundraising campaign for our 2016 nominated charity #teamgeorge here.
In early 2017 we launched our newest charity partnership supporting quadruple amputee, Tom Ray, who lives locally and is the subject of the recent feature film, Starfish.
Tom is a quadruple amputee with additional facial amputations as a result of sepsis.
In December 1999, Tom and his wife Nicola were living in Hambleton in Rutland. He was 38 years old and looking forward to the birth of their second child Freddy. Nicola had a thriving video production business.
Almost overnight, their world turned upside down. Tom developed SEPSIS from a routine dental examination and spent nearly a year in Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. Tom was not expected to live, but he pulled through, but at enormous physical and psychological cost. To save his life doctors had to amputate his arms and legs below the elbows and knees, as well as much of his nose and mouth.
Seventeen years on, the struggle continues. They no longer have the business and the family now live in Oakham. Maintaining and servicing prosthetic limbs, and the daily challenge, is the challenge of a lifetime.
Tom is an active Disability and Sepsis Campaigner, but he needs ongoing support to maintain the basics in personal care and mobility. Funds raised will help him to donate his time and energies to campaigning and raising awareness of Sepsis which claims at least 44,000 lives in the UK per year.