Squire’s set to donate carrier bag tax money

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Squire’s Garden Centres have chosen the charity Greenfingers to benefit from the carrier bag tax, which comes into effect in England onMonday October 5.

From October it is law that large retailers must charge customers 5p per carrier bag.

Squire’s, which has an outlet in Washington, will donate all profits from this tax to the charity Greenfingers, who create inspiring gardens and outdoor spaces for children, along with their families, who spend time in hospices around the UK.

Sarah Squire (Squire’s Deputy Chairman) commented: “We are delighted to support the work of Greenfingers and its garden projects for children in hospices.

“As a company we recognise the responsibility and opportunity we have to give back and make a difference in the communities in which we live and work. Squire’s will donate all profits from the 5p carrier bag tax to Greenfingers, to help them create stunning gardens that can be enjoyed by children and their families at hospices around the UK.”

“We are absolutely thrilled and enormously grateful to have Squire’s Garden Centres support us for the first year of the carrier bag tax scheme. Thanks to all at Squire’s, the money raised through the scheme really will make such difference to the lives of children and families who spend time in hospices.” Deborah Skillicorn (Greenfingers Director)

To date, Greenfingers has created 49 inspiring gardens and outdoor spaces in children’s hospices, including a sensory garden at Shooting Star Chase in Godalming, Surrey, and a magical woodland walk at Chestnut Tree House in Arundel, Sussex – where a previously unusable piece of land was turned into a beautiful woodland retreat for the children and families to enjoy.

Greenfingers recently launched it’s A Million Moments Appeal, which is aiming to raise £1 million to enable a further 5,000 children in hospices to benefit from inspiring gardens and outdoor spaces.

You can donate to Greenfingers at https://www.justgiving.com/greenfingers/

Report and picture contributed by Squires.