A true virtual garden centre 

Children given gardening challenge for charity

CHILDREN from all over the country are this month (April, 2015) being given a gardening challenge to help raise money for a national charity.

bibic*, which helps children and young people with conditions affecting their social, communication and learning abilities, are asking youngsters to grow the ‘fattest sunflower face’.

Mary Matthews, Fundraising and PR Manager for bibic, which has its headquarters in Somerset, explained: “Last year we ran a competition for children to grow the smiliest plants around and it was so popular that we have decided to run it again.

“We’re asking greenfingered children to get involved and grow the sunflower with the fattest face and the seeds youngsters will use have been bred especially to have large flower ‘heads’.

“We have joined forces with virtual garden centre www.potterandrest.co.uk and the company has kindly donated packets of the special sunflower seeds for any youngsters who would like to take part.

“We know that many schools have gardening clubs and we would love it if they could get involved too. As well as entering our competition they could have their own in-house one too.”

The competition is also a fundraiser for bibic through a £1 donation, which people will be asked to make when they order their seeds.

Parents, guardians or teachers are invited to order a packet of seeds, while stocks last, for £1 from http://bit.ly/1gyVsGO. An entry form can also be downloaded from http://bit.ly/1Caz0As.  

bibic helps children and young people aged from six months to 18-years-old with conditions affecting their development and learning abilities to achieve their potential for a happier and more fulfilled life.

These include developmental conditions such as Autism, Cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and brain injury.

Mary added: “In September, children will be asked to measure their sunflower across the middle of its ‘face’, excluding petals. We would then like them to take a photo of their sunflower and complete the entry form.

“All entries must be submitted via email before midnight on September 30, 2015 to hello@potterandrest.co.uk with the entry form and a photo of the sunflower attached to the email.”

There are two titles to be won – Regional Winner and National Winner. The five regional winners will each receive a £10 Potter & Rest voucher and a certificate.

The National Winner will be the entrant whose sunflower ‘face’ was recorded as the largest and they will receive a certificate and a £50 Potter & Rest voucher. The overall winner’s school will also be presented with a £50 Potter & Rest voucher.

www.potterandrest.co.uk aims to be the largest ‘true’ garden centre online with free expert advice available to gardeners via telephone and social media backed by a five-year plant guarantee.

The e-garden centre hopes to appeal to all levels of gardeners from complete novices to keen amateurs and on to expert gardeners.

bibic has a national assessment centre in Somerset. Its therapists work closely with families nationwide to create a therapy programme, which provides them with the skills and strategies to support their child or children.

If you would like to support bibic’s work and wish to make a £5 donation to the charity, please text KIDS02 £5 to 70070 or for a £10 donation text KIDS02 £10 to 70070.

For more information, please call bibic on 01458 253344, visit www.bibic.org.uk, follow the charity on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bibic_charity or log on to http://on.fb.me/18Cg8j2.


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