Green-fingered gardeners who joined forces to sow the seeds for a new Purple Butterfly room at Rotherham Hospital have raised £800 for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity.
More than 100 youngsters from Eastwood Primary School in Rotherham nurtured sunflower seeds into miniature plants in collaboration with Rotherham In Root, a local community organisation which encourages people to grow their own vegetables, fruit and flowers.
The plants were sold for just £1 each by Rotherham In Root and volunteers from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. The money will help to fund a fourth Purple Butterfly room at Rotherham Hospital, which will provide patients nearing the end of their lives, and their families, with privacy, home comforts and help to maintain dignity when time is at its most precious.
Volunteer Sally Moffett, who coordinated the fundraising activity, said: “It’s been an absolute joy to sow our sunflower seeds and sell the plants once again for the Purple Butterfly Appeal
“We’ve had some amazing growers of all ages, including children from Eastwood Village Primary School, and our friends from Rotherham In Root working hard to nurture the sunflowers whatever the weather. We had a beautiful variety of sunflowers to offer, from teddy bears to happy smiles.
“We had a great deal of interest from patients, their families and friends at plant sales at Rotherham Hospital, at the Garden Lovers’ Fair in the town centre and the Rotherham Show. Thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraising or who bought a sunflower because every sale spurred us on to raise more money. We hope everyone has really enjoyed watching their seeds or tiny shoots bloom.”
Sally joined follow volunteer Alistair Hammond and Keith Dodson, Andy Gooding, Heather Oates and Sarah Hague from Rotherham In Root to hand over the bumper cheque to Gabby Atmarow, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee.
Gabby said: “The Purple Butterfly Appeal sunflower sale is such a wonderful fundraising appeal which goes from strength to strength every year. We’re absolutely delighted that so many people have supported our volunteers and Rotherham In Root by purchasing a sunflower or a bag of seeds. Thank you to all our volunteers and to everyone at Rotherham In Root for your support and enthusiasm.”
For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity please visit www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/charity
or contact Suzanne Rutter via firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01709 426821.