17-year corporate sponsorship raises £30m for National Gardens Scheme

first_img17-year corporate sponsorship raises £30m for National Gardens Scheme Tagged with: corporate Howard Lake | 17 April 2011 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Seventeen years of sponsorship by Rensberg Sheppards Investment Management of The National Gardens Scheme’s ‘Yellow Book’, which details thousands of gardens in England and Wales open for charity in the summer, has raised over £30 million for charity.This year’s 750-page Yellow Book has just been published and features 3,700 gardens in England and Wales that will open for charity this summer. For the first time it has been published in full colour.Jonathan Wragg, Chief Executive, Rensburg Sheppards, said: “The Yellow Book is more than just a guide. It is a hugely powerful fundraising tool, treasured by those that buy it and also by those charities that benefit from its sale and the gardens visited. It’s the vital link in the National Gardens Scheme‘s fundraising chain and this why we’re proud to have supported it for the last 17 years.”Visitors to the gardens listed in the book, which range from allotments to estates, pay a small donation, on average £3, to charity. Last year 750,000 people visited gardens as part of the scheme and the NGS raised over £2.6 million for its charities. This was distributed as follows:£550,000 to both Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care.£450,000 Help the Hospices£350,000 Crossroads Care£150,000 Queen’s Nursing Institute£150,000 Perennial (including the Royal Fund for Gardeners’ Children)£176,000 National Trust careership scheme£8,000 Chelsea Physic GardenThe NGS Trustees also voted additional donations to joint ‘guest’ charities for the year. Arthritis Research UK received £70,000, and The Soldiers’ Charity (The Army Benevolent Fund) received £45,000.The 2011 Yellow Book costs £9.99, or £6 currently at Amazon.co.uk.  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

No luck for Geraghty on return

first_imgBarry Geraghty’s return to the saddle saw him finish sixth and second at Limerick on what were his first mounts as the new retained jockey to JP McManus. Geraghty was appointed to the role last month, replacing the now-retired Tony McCoy, and was in action for the first time since suffering a broken shinbone in March. He had another setback after being admitted to hospital with a kidney stone earlier this week. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Waver made some progress to improve going to two out in the Mike Denver Plays Limerick Racecourse Live On The 23rd July Rated Hurdle, but was never able to land any sort of blow. Geraghty said: “I had a good blow walking the course earlier as it started to rain going up the back straight; I’m fine riding but would be easily beaten in a race! “It’s brilliant (to be back), great (to get the job) and that was a nice introduction.” Geraghty’s other ride came on Hash Brown for McManus and trainer Michael Hourigan in the Book Online At Limerickraces.ie Beginners Chase. Hash Brown momentarily looked like he might give Geraghty a first-day-back winner, but it was not to be. He gave chase after Sizing Platinum led at the fourth-last, but the leader had plenty left and jumped the last two well to seal success. Punch Bag had taken Waver’s race, completing a double on the card for Andrew Lynch. Trainer Brendan Duke said of his 9-2 winner: “It is unlikely he will run many times and will run at Ballinrobe in a four-year-old hurdle in a few weeks’ time. He’ll then have one more run before being left off until the spring, but I’ll have to break that news to his owners first! Press Association “He is progressive and will improve further and if he is lucky in life, he has a bright future.” Sizing Platinum (3-1), meanwhile, looks to have a bright future after what was a winning debut over fences. Trainer Henry de Bromhead said: “That was good and he jumped deadly and really well. It can be trappy enough here at Limerick but he seems to have improved for a fence. “He is big and raw and only coming to himself now. Our hands are almost tied as to where he will run next as there are very few novices over two miles during the summer with the Galway Festival and Kilbegnet Chase at Roscommon on that route.” Myles Ahead is bound for Galway after getting off the mark in the Celebrating The 4th July Maiden Hurdle. Lynch’s mount had four and three-quarter lengths in hand of Rocky Court, to reward those who sent him off the 11-10 favourite. Trainer Tony Mulholland said: “He has has been knocking on the door and putting him back to two miles helped. “We’ll look for a handicap at Galway next.” The feature thetote.com Galway Plate Trial Handicap Chase went the way of Protaras (6-1) for Noel Meade and Ger Fox. Fox said: “We weren’t going to run him at all as we thought the ground might be too dead, but I kept him wide for the better ground and he jumped from fence to fence. “We put blinkers on him today as sometimes he can be quite lazy.” last_img read more

Big Boy leaves Mason City after an overnight stop (VIDEO)

first_imgMASON CITY — The world’s largest steam locomotive leaving Mason City this morning, on it’s way north toward Minnesota. The 1940s-era locomotive known as Big Boy Number 40-14 has been steaming its way from Omaha since the start of the week.Ed Dickens manages the Union Pacific’s steam program and says the big question everybody has asked for the last four decades is when the railroad company would restore a Big Boy locomotive.  “For a long, long time, there was an idea that it just was impossible and so people have been told that it’s impossible because it’s too heavy, because it won’t do this, and you can’t do that, and all these different negative things about it, but the reality is that clearly it’s possible because you’re looking at it. What happens is when people hear these constant things about why it can’t be done, that just makes it more interesting when it’s finally done. I think that’s kind of what’s helped build the excitement around this locomotive because nobody ever thought they would ever see one run.”The Big Boy was parked overnight at the UP’s former crossing near 9th Northwest and North Jackson. Dickens says the crowds wanting to come see the locomotive have been tremendous, and commented about the number of people watching from the 12th Northwest overpass before Big Boy pulled out this morning.  “The bridge is lined with people, and we see that everywhere, every town, every city. Every railroad crossing, no matter how isolated, has someone waiting there for this locomotive.”Dickens says Big Boy is completely different than the locomotives we see on the rails today. “It’s vastly different than the modern trains we run. It’s significantly larger than the other steam locomotive that we operate, the UP 844 and the locomotive that we used to run, the 3985. It’s just a very big, big powerful locomotive.’The big locomotive is one of only 25 that was manufactured and it was featured in Ogden, Utah, at a special event back in May to commemorate when the last spike was tapped in place at Promontory Point, creating America’s first transcontinental railroad. Big Boy was headed for stops in Albert Lea and Owatonna today.last_img read more