School launches hospice sunflower celebration

Mrs Barnett with some of the pupils who will be growing the sunflowers. (s)
Mrs Barnett with some of the pupils who will be growing the sunflowers. (s)
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A sea of sunflowers will spring up across the area this summer thanks to supporters of the East Lancashire Hospice.

Brookside Primary School helped launched the hospice’s annual sunflower appeal which this year has a celebration theme. Everyone is invited to make a sunflower donation and in return receive an all-weather sunflower plaque to plant in their own garden.

The Clitheroe school were given sunflower seeds to plant in the school garden which will be looked after by the pupils until they bloom over the summer holidays. They will also write poems about sunflowers with a selection being chosen to be read out or displayed at the celebration event at the hospice in August.

The appeal is open to anyone to dedicate a sunflower plaque. The person does not need to have had any contact with the hospice. Supporters are also invited to take their sunflower plaque to the hospice for the celebration event on August 20 where it will be planted in the hospice gardens for one month.

Teacher Mrs Barnett led the group who planted the seeds. She said: “We are happy to support the sunflower appeal because we feel it is important for children to know that helping others, even small things, can make a big difference. Helping each other makes us all feel happy and positive.”

Fundraiser Kimberley Hall said: “We’re thrilled that local schools have got on board with the sunflower appeal this year. Involving people of all ages with planting seeds or dedicating a sunflower to someone special makes supporting the hospice easy and meaningful for everyone. We’re hoping for a wonderful celebration day in August when we open up the beautiful hospice gardens for an afternoon of music, refreshments and time to reflect on happy memories.”

The sunflower celebration event is open to all who have made a sunflower donation this year. It takes place at the hospice on Park Lee Road on Saturday, August 20th, from 1 pm. Sunflower donations can be made at or by calling 01254 287012.