Sunflowers to shine bright for St Richard's this summer - The Evesham Observer

Sunflowers to shine bright for St Richard's this summer

Evesham Editorial 14th Jul, 2023   0

HUNDREDS of handcrafted stunning sunflowers will be planted in a memorial celebration garden in Worcester next month to raise funds for St Richard’s Hospice.

The sculptures will be in place on the lawns around the base of the city’s St Andrew’s Spire between August 11 and 28.

The unique display follows the success of the charity’s previous Celebration Gardens which have featured butterflies, bees, forget-me-nots and snowdrops.

People are urged to celebrate someone or something special with one of the sunflowers in the display, which they can later take home as a keepsake or a gift.

Each sunflower is uniquely commissioned by Ed Alvis, of Metal Art UK, at his workshop near Evesham.

Contributions to help create the installation will help fund St Richard’s care of patients, their loved ones and bereaved people in Worcestershire.

Hospice campaigns fund-raiser, Laura Clarke, said: “Our 2023 Celebration Garden will once again create a memorable focal point for celebration and reflection in the heart of the city.

“Sunflowers are not only visually stunning but, as symbols of strength and resilience, they’re also reflective of our work with families as we support them to navigate bereavement.

“Our Sunflower Group provides a safe and supportive environment which enables those experiencing the loss of a parent, partner or child to share their emotions, feelings and challenges.”

Donors can pick a flower from the garden at the end of the display, collect it from the hospice or receive it in the post after the installation is taken down.

Visit or call the fund-raising team on 01905 763963 for more.

This year’s Celebration Garden is sponsored by Blue Print Direct Mail Limited and supported by Metal Art UK.

St Richard’s said it was grateful to its friends at The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company at Wick, near Pershore, which provided access to their flower fields for photography.

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