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Volunteers’ blooming lovely fundraising idea

15 Feb 2018 11:37:32
Sunflower and plant sales for Purple Butterfly Appeal

Green-fingered volunteers of all ages will be digging deep for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity again this year when they sow and sell a host of beautiful blooms and vegetables – all with a purple hue.

From purple broccoli, beetroot and carrots to violet and lilac coloured flowers –  dedicated fundraisers from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and community growers’ organisation Rotherham In Root will be raising money for the Charity’s Purple Butterfly Appeal.

The seeds have already been sown in gardens and allotments throughout Rotherham with a host of vegetables available during the year at plant sales in reception at Rotherham Hospital.

Volunteer Sally Moffett, who is coordinating the fundraising activity, said: “We have been sowing seeds and growing sunflowers for the Purple Butterfly Appeal for two and it’s such a joy. It’s a great way to get volunteers, community organisations like Rotherham In Root and the hospital all working together to raise money for a good cause.

“We will have a beautiful variety of sunflowers on offer again this year, such as happy smiles, incredibles and teddy bears. But we also wanted to do something a bit different so we decided to grow purple flowers and vegetables to honour the Purple Butterfly Appeal. We hope everyone enjoys cooking with the vegetables because they really do taste delicious and hopefully they will inspire people to have a go at growing their own too.

“Last year 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 April in the town centre and the Rotherham Show in September. Hopefully with everyone’s support we can beat the £800 raised in 2017.”

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 most precious. 

Gabby Atmarow, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, said: “Thanks to amazing fundraisers from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, Rotherham In Root, individual growers in the community and everyone who supported last year’s plant sales we are one step closer to raising enough money for a fourth Purple Butterfly room at Rotherham Hospital.

“I know from the feedback we receive from patients’ families that our existing three Purple Butterfly rooms do really make a difference when time is most precious.

“It’s great to see this fundraising campaign begin again for Spring time and I’m sure everyone will be as excited and intrigued as I am to see the amazing array of flowers and vegetables on offer.”

Sally will be joined by Rotherham In Root and volunteers from the Trust at the Charity’s Spring Fair on Tuesday 20 March 2018, from 10am to 1pm at Rotherham Hospital, for one of the first plant and vegetable sales of the year.

For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity please visit www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/charity or contact Suzanne Rutter via charity@rothgen.nhs.uk or call 01709 426821.