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Langlands Garden Centre turns pink for breast cancer charity

Staff at Langlands Garden Centre in Shiptonthorpe rallied together last week to support breast cancer charity Breast Cancer Now, raising over a fantastic £1000 during the charity’s annual Wear It Pink day.

The team at the garden centre had just two days to organise the event after being asked by a regular customer if they would help with her own fundraising efforts. Rose Deeth is a regular at Langlands café, so when she suggested the business might be able to help her raise money for Wear It Pink day, staff were only too happy to get involved.

Rose, who dyed her hair pink for the occasion, commented: “There are so many people today living with breast cancer and, having been through it myself 15 years ago, I know what it takes to keep fighting every day. Charities like Breast Cancer Now need all the support they can get to keep researching cures and providing support to people who need it.”

Breast Cancer Now is a UK charity providing world-class research and life-changing care for people affected by breast cancer. It’s annual Wear It Pink day is one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK, and this year took place on Friday 18 October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

During the day, Langlands helped customers to support the charity while adding a touch of pink to their own garden by donating 10% of all sales from its pink garden planters. A cake stall provided by retired Langlands team member and breast cancer survivor Irene Featherstone and a raffle for a £50 Langlands gift voucher also helped add to the fundraising total.

Langlands managing director, James Ducker, said: “What made Friday such a fantastic event was the amazing team spirit that went into pulling everything together so quickly. In particular, our farm shop supervisor Trish Elvidge and plant area manager Mandy Warry, along with all our team in Shiptonthorpe, really took the challenge of organising the event to heart and before we knew it the whole place was pink! Thanks to their amazing efforts we were flooded with pink balloons, decorations and cakes, as well as costumes for staff, including a tutu for myself.

“What our staff achieved in just two days is nothing short of incredible; it’s been a real team effort and to see our community all rally round to raise money for this fantastic cause is really inspiring. Having lost one of our members of staff, Sally Bowron, to breast cancer in 2006 it’s a cause that’s really close to our hearts and we’re very happy to be able to do our part to support Breast Cancer Now.

The team did such an amazing job they are already planning what Langlands is doing to support Children in Need. This is going involve all three Langlands centre, I dread to think what they have planned so watch this space!”