Celebrate happy times with hospice's Sunflower Memories Appeal

A hospice has taken inspiration from one of nature's brightest flowers for its summer memories appeal.

Friday, 22nd April 2016, 1:26 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd April 2016, 3:06 pm
Kay Carrick, Senior Donor Development Fundraiser at St Cuthberts Hospice, and Stuart Wright, of Stuart Wright Funeral Services Ltd, launch the Sunflower Memories Appeal.

St Cuthbert’s Hospice, in Park House Road, near Durham City, is inviting people to celebrate happy moments as part of its Sunflower Memories Appeal.

In return for a donation, the charity will write the name of a lost loved one on a sunflower plaque, which will be planted and displayed in the hospice’s gardens between Monday, June 6, and Sunday, July 10.

After this, the sunflower plaques can be collected by those who made the donations and placed at home.

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Along with the plaque, donors will receive a free packet of sunflower seeds.

And the hospice is encouraging people to share photographs of their home grown sunflowers on Facebook and Twitter.

Last year, the Sunflower Memories Appeal raised more than £4,665 for the facility, with almost 300 people remembering someone special.

Stuart Wright Funeral Services Ltd, located in Gilesgate, Langley Park and Pelton, near Chester-le-Street, has sponsored the appeal and has also pledged to grow a sunflower.

Stuart said: “We are proud to sponsor the Sunflower Memories Appeal.

“It’s such a bright and cheerful campaign that encourages people to reflect on the happy times they have shared with the special people in their lives.

“I have supported the hospice since it opened in 1988 and I know what a high-quality service it offers to the people of County Durham.”

To order a sunflower, visit www.stcuthbertshospice.com or call the hospice’s fundraising team on 0191 386 1170, extension 5.