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Supporting Good Causes

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
  • #teamgeorge
  • Tom Ray
  • Rainbows Children’s Hospice


In 2019 we launched our newest charity partnership supporting Steps.

STEPS Conductive Education Centre, based in Shepshed near Loughborough, is a centre of excellence dedicated to helping children with cerebral palsy and other motor disorders to maximise their full potential.

A registered charity, Steps provides specialist nursery services and support, not only to the children but also to their families. Programmes are organised to suit the specific needs of particular age and ability groups.

Steps works with babies, pre-school children, and over-fives who may be attending mainstream schools. Each child attends one session or more each week, with his or her parent. Parents normally work alongside their child throughout the day, in a creative three-way partnership with staff.

The Steps vision is for a community in which:

  • All children with motor learning difficulties have the best possible start in life.
  • Families, children and young people set aspirational goals.
  • Every family, and every child or young person with motor learning difficulties, has access to the highest possible quality of services and support to enable them to reach their goals.
  • Young people with motor learning difficulties are encouraged to live as independently as possible as adults. The benefits of conductive education can be brought to the region.

For more information please visit the Steps website at:

As farmers ourselves, Gates values and supports the important work of the Farming Community Network and, in particular, our local Leicestershire and Rutland branch.

The Farming Community Network (FCN) was established 25 years ago. It offers farmers and their families support in difficult times via a national helpline, on-the-ground case work and a presence at some livestock markets. FCN’s strength lies in the fact that its staff and volunteers know about and understand the pressures that farmers can experience working in isolation, with unpredictable markets and weather, at times struggling with their physical and mental health.

Leicestershire and Rutland has a dedicated team of 12 volunteers based in different parts of the county with a diverse range of agricultural backgrounds and knowledge. In addition to providing helpline support some of the team are case workers, meeting farmers and walking with them on-farm to gain their trust and help them to talk about issues they are experiencing in confidence. The team also maintains a weekly presence at Melton Livestock Market and provides mental health awareness training to local Young Farmers Clubs and agricultural/veterinary colleges.

To find out more please visit the Farmers Community Network website at: