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Charity partner appeal

Charity Partner Appeal

Could you be our next charity partner?


Dobbies Garden Centres has been supporting charities and communities across the UK since 1865. Creating experiences to bring people and communities together to enjoy garden living all year round is at the heart of our business and will play a key role in our charity work going forward. 

As our current partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust comes to an end, we are excited to begin the process of finding our next National Charity Partner. Our next partnership will commence from 1 March 2025, for one year initially with the potential to extend, and will form a key part of our celebrations to mark 160 years.


Charity partner appeal

What we’re looking for in a charity partner

Qualifying criteria

Charities must: 

  • Be registered as a charity in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland  

  • Operate, deliver services and impact lives across England, Wales, Scotland Northern Ireland, where our stores are located* 

  • Be able to demonstrate strong community links across the country in both fundraising and project delivery 

  • Be able to offer fundraising and volunteering opportunities for our colleagues 

*If you don’t operate across all of these regions, but still think your charity is a good fit, please get in touch to help us understand your impact on local regional communities across the UK.

For stage one of the process, there is a short application form where charities must be able to demonstrate 

  • That they are able to provide excellent support and resource to Dobbies throughout the partnership  

  • That their cause and aims as a charity – and partnership proposals – will resonate with our customers and colleagues  

  • A proven track record in creating experiences that bring people and communities together  

  • That they understand our business and share our passion for gardens and plants and the benefits these can bring from a mental or physical wellbeing perspective  

Applications are open until 5pm on Friday 16 August 2024. 

A shortlist will then be chosen from all of 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.  

What we’re looking for in a charity partnership 

Dobbies is the UK’s leading garden centre retailer. We employ 3,800 colleagues across 77 stores. This is an exciting opportunity to work as our National Charity Partner to develop a year-long programme of activity, including online and in-person fundraising activties. The activity will be supported with comprehensive PR, communications, events and marketing to maximise opportunities, drive awareness and fundraise.