Dobbies Garden Centres seeks national charity partner to mark 160 years

UK garden centre retailer, Dobbies has launched the search for its next National Charity Partner, as part of its 160th year celebrations.

Dobbies garden centres store front

The new partnership will commence on the 1st of March 2025, following the conclusion of successful nine-year collaboration with the Teenage Cancer Trust which has raised £1.39 million to-date.

The National Charity Partner will work alongside the retailer to develop a programme of fundraising activity for the period 2025-2026 that celebrates Dobbies’ commitment to bring people and communities together. The company has a long supported charities and communities across the UK through in-store donations and initiatives, such as Christmas shopping nights, team challenges and dedicated fundraising weekends.

Dobbies CEO, David Robinson said: “Thanks to our colleagues and customers we have raised an amazing £1.39 million for Teenage Cancer Trust in the last nine years. This has been a really fantastic partnership and we’re super excited to see which charity will not only be an important part of our 160th anniversary, but key part of our community engagement for the year.”

Donna Bednarek, Senior Relationship Manager at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “We are incredibly grateful for our partnership with Dobbies over the last nine years. The amount they have donated is remarkable. The money raised from the partnership allows Teenage Cancer Trust to offer specialist nursing care, and tailored support, helping young people with cancer maintain their identity, independence, and dreams, so cancer doesn’t steal some of the most important years of their lives.”

Charities that meet the selection criteria are invited to apply online, until 5pm on Friday the 16th of August. A shortlist will then be chosen from all the applications, and shortlisted charities may be invited to submit additional information, and attend a meeting with key business stakeholders, before a final decision is made.