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Sunflowers remember loved ones

  • Published date
    28/06/2012
  • Author
    NLH Admin
  • Category
    North London Hospice

Sow a sunflower 600Hundreds of people came to North London Hospice to plant wooden sunflowers in memory of loved ones. The special event on Sunday 24 June was held in the garden of North London Hospice, in Woodside Avenue. More than 700 people paid to plant a wooden sunflower, with the name of a lost loved one. The sunflowers will remain on display until the end of July. Pat Downey, planted a sunflower in memory of her husband Ray who died at the hospice in March last year from motor neurone disease. Mrs Downey, 63, of Enfield, said: “The hospice do a fantastic job and yesterday was a great way of supporting them. “Ray spent his final three days here and the doctors and nurses were just brilliant. Ray died just 10 months after diagnosis and we hadn’t planned how the final days would be. “It was a real relief to have the support of the North London Hospice. The last days are so important and they made it less traumatic. It was the right place for us to be.” North London Hospice helps people to live with a potentially life-limiting illness providing emotional, spiritual and practical support to them, their families, friends and carers. Sow a Sunflower 2There is no charge for any of these services. The hospice relies on donations and legacies to help raise the £6 million every year that is needed to keep the hospice open. Robin Langrishe, director of income generation at the hospice, said: “Our sow a special sunflower event is a poignant occasion for people to remember someone special. “The response this year has been overwhelming. It was wonderful that so many people attended. “We have already raised around £20,000 through donations, and people have been very generous.”

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