On Thursday, 11th May 2023, The Hospital Saturday Fund held its 16th Annual General Meeting at the Guildhall in London. At the event, The Hospital Saturday Fund was thrilled to have Alan Titchmarsh as their special guest. Following his speech, Alan was presented with a grant of £20,000 for Treloar’s, a special education school by John Greenwood, Chair of The Hospital Saturday Fund.
Alan Titchmarsh is a renowned British Gardener, Author, Broadcaster, TV Presenter and Poet.
Best known for his extensive knowledge of horticulture and landscape design with programmes such as Ground Force and The Chelsea Flower Show.
With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Alan has become an influential figure in the world of gardening, inspiring and educating millions of people around the globe.
In addition to his gardening expertise, Alan is also a prolific author, having written numerous books on gardening, as well as several novels and autobiographical works. He has written more than fifty gardening books, three volumes of autobiographies, several books on royalty and twelve novels, 10 of which made the Sunday Times Best-Sellers list.
Alan made MBE in the Millenium New Year Honours List and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire and Chancellor of the University of Winchester. Between 2008 – 2009 he was made High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight.
This year sees Alan’s 23rd year as a patron at Treloar’s.
Treloar’s is a charitable organisation that provides education, care, therapy, and support to young people with physical disabilities. Alan Titchmarsh has been a patron of Treloar’s since 1998 and has been actively involved in supporting the organisation in a variety of ways.
Treloar’s started in 1907 when the then Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir William Purdie Treloar, set up his mayoral fund. His aim was to build a hospital and school outside the city for children with non-pulmonary tuberculosis.
Alan’s connection with Treloar’s began when he visited the school to film a television programme about gardening. He was so impressed by the work being done at Treloar’s that he decided to become a patron, and has been a passionate supporter ever since.
As a patron, Alan has helped to raise awareness and funds for Treloar’s through a range of activities. He has hosted charity events, given talks and presentations, and even undertaken a sponsored walk to raise money for the organisation.
Alan’s involvement with Treloar’s has also led to him designing a sensory garden at the school, which provides a peaceful and therapeutic space for students to relax and enjoy nature. The garden includes a variety of plants, flowers, and features that stimulate the senses, such as water features, fragrant herbs, and colourful blooms.
Overall, Alan Titchmarsh’s relationship with Treloar’s is a testament to his commitment to helping young people with disabilities, and his belief in the power of nature to heal and inspire. Through his patronage and support, Alan has made a significant impact on the lives of countless young people at Treloar’s and has helped to raise awareness of the important work being done by this remarkable organisation.
To find out more about Treloar’s, please visit the website at https://www.treloar.org.uk/