Mower push dedicated to the inventor

The 100-year-old lawnmower for the fundraising push
The 100-year-old lawnmower for the fundraising push

THE Coastal Mow will see Jenny Stevens push a 100-year-old mower from Shoreham to Brighton for charity.

She is raising money for The Budding Foundation, which was set up last year by Clive Gravett from Shoreham.

Jenny Stevens

Jenny Stevens

The charity is dedicated to Edward Beard Budding, the man who invented the lawnmower, and its main objective is to raise money for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, funding anything from school clubs to full apprenticeships.

The charity mower push starts at Widewater Lagoon at 10am on Saturday and follows a 12-mile route through Shoreham, Southwick and Hove to Brighton.

Mr Gravett said Jenny will be supported by fundraisers in appropriate costume. A free Post Push Party will be held at The George Payne in Hove from 8pm, with music from local bands.

The charity, which was registered early this year, has had several successful events so far, including a weekend display at RHS Wisley and Plumpton College open day.

Mr Gravett handed over the charity’s first grant last month, a £500 cheque for horticultural work at Farney Close School in Bolney, which caters for children with special needs.

He said: “The suggests people consider donating the cost of their next drink.

“This could be a beer, tea, wine, coffee or even a bottle of water – not much to give up but it could make a fantastic difference to a young person’s life.”

To donate, visit or text LAWN88 to 70070.