Wessex Cancer Trust has been named as Hillier’s charity partner for 2017-18. Over the next two years, Hillier will help raise vital funds for and awareness of the charity, including through collection boxes at all 12 Hillier garden centres and participation in charity events.

Wessex Cancer Trust, based in the south of England, helps and supports anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis - regardless of age, sex or type of cancer they have - during diagnosis, treatment, recovery, remission or end life. The dedicated team are committed to offering free support for as long as people need it, away from a hospital environment.

Robert Hillier OBE VMH, chairman of Hillier, commented: “We are delighted Wessex Cancer Trust are Hillier’s official charity partner. Cancer, unfortunately, touches the lives of so many of us. The work Wessex Cancer Trust do is such an important support, helping those affected at the time they most need it.”   

Sofie Bennett, Head of Fundraising at Wessex Cancer Trust, added: “We are really excited to be partnering with Hillier. The support of local companies is invaluable to the trust and the money raised over the next two years will allow us to help support even more people living with cancer and make their lives better at a time when it is most needed.’’

About Hillier

Mission: “To inspire the creation of green living spaces for now and the future”

Hillier is the most successful exhibitor in the history of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, having been awarded 71 consecutive gold medals.

The company was founded in 1864 by Edwin Hillier and remains a family-run nursery with the fifth generation now actively involved in the family business as it continues to grow. The company employs over 500 staff across its wholesale nursery, trees and 12 garden centre divisions, and grows approximately two million plants a year. It is the largest tree grower in the UK.

Over the years, Hillier has been responsible for numerous plant introductions, many of which have become essentials in British gardens and it continues with the tradition of innovation and the introduction of new garden plants in the present day.