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Bradford garden centre staff don walking boots for children’s cancer charity

Bradford garden centre staff don their walking boots for children's cancer charity


Employees from Tong Garden Centre are preparing for a 14 mile walk to raise funds for their chosen charity of the year.


A team of 12 colleagues from the Bradford based business are planning the charity walk in the Yorkshire Dalesto raise money for Candlelighters,the Leeds charity thatsupports Yorkshire families facing children's cancer.


The walk will take place on September 15th and the idea came from the centre'smarketing assistant, Pete Casci. He will be walking with Tong team mates includingEmma Wiltshire, Dennis Keen, Sharon McNair and Janice Astbury and the team hopes to raise £2000.


"We're really looking forward to pulling our boots on for the trek around Malham Tarn as it's such a beautiful area to walk in, although with over 630 metres of climbing, it will be challenging!


"We've got a good spread of staff from departments including catering, customer services and retail representing the Centre, so it's a real team effort.


"Everyone has been preparing by going on locals walks and spending time in the gym, so we'll all be raring to go when the day comes."


The team at Tong aims to raise £10,000 for Candlelighters in 2018through a series of fund-raising events and collection boxes at the tills. Earlier in the year, Tong's Managing Director Mark Farnsworth led a team of cyclists to complete the Tour de Yorkshire challenge and raised £3,400 for the charity.To support the Tong team's charity walk, please visit


The Candlelighters Trust (Candlelighters) is Yorkshire's pre-eminent children's cancer charity, providing practical, emotional and financial support to children living with cancer in Yorkshire and their families.





Photo:Left to right walkersMacauley Jackson, Diane Farrar, Pete Casci, Dennis Keen The team at Tong walk for Candlelighters



For more information or to arrange an interview with Pete Casci,please contact Tracey Baty at three60 marketing on:


Direct line:01430 871360

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Notes to editors

1.      For more information about Tong Garden Centre, please see the centre'sFacebook,Twitter,Instagramandnewsonline.

2.      For more information aboutCandlelighters, please visit

3.      Tong Garden Centre is one of the largest independent garden centres in Yorkshire, located near Bradford in West Yorkshire. It occupies a17-acre site near Tong village.Anoutdoor plant department and shopping departments filled with garden furniture, gifts, home accessories and leading brands spread across110,000 square feet of retail space. Also on-site is the Coffee Shop, Orchard Restaurant, children's outdoor adventure playground Grass Hoppers and a newly refurbished food hall.

4.      Tong Garden Centre recently triumphed at the Bradford means Business Awards won three awards at the Horticulture Week Awards 2018 and five at the North East regional GCA awards.