Everest supports Thrive at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show


Thrive was one of four charities represented by a front garden designed by David Domoney outside the Celebrity Theatre at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show thanks to the support of Everest.

The Thrive garden showed beautiful formal planting which offers a sense of inspiration and fascination and included fragrant lavender.

Hundreds of visitors to the show were able to see the gardens outside the Celebrity Theatre which throughout the week featured talks by the great and the good of the gardening world including Charlie Dimmock, Pippa Greenwood, John Craven, Jim Buttress, Christine Walkden, fresh from his Chelsea success Diarmund Gavin and CBeebies favourite Mr Bloom!  

David, who is Thrive’s garden ambassador, said: "The Thrive installation reflects the work that the charity does using gardening to improve the wellbeing of those people who live with a disability.

"The garden has a formal border and featured a dog-leg-shaped path that exposes visitors to as much horticulture as I could fit in - I wanted them to enjoy the plants and take in the sights and scents, just as those who need help at Thrive do."

On the Sunday of the show we were presented with a cheque for £2,000 which was collected by our trustee Rory Mackenzie.

Thrive is grateful to Everest for the donation as we rely on donations from the public and companies for funding our work with disabled people.

Established in 1978 and looking forward to celebrating our 40th anniversary soon, we now have four regional centres in Berkshire, London, Birmingham and Gateshead and latest figures show we directly helped 800 people last year at our gardens and via community projects.

We remain committed to helping people who want to continue gardening when they think hope maybe lost following a bout of ill health, in particular elderly people with arthritis or other age-related ailments who want to carry on gardening.  

Kathryn Rossiter, Thrive CEO said: "We are delighted to be working with Everest and feel privileged to have been chosen as small-medium sized charities like Thrive can often get overlooked.

"David Domoney has been fantastic in helping Thrive raise its profile in the horticulture industry and brought us to the attention of Everest, a huge household name in the UK.

"He has been a tremendous ambassador for us for the past two years and we are looking forward to many more years working with him, and we’re very excited about the garden!"