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Adding the power of flowers to Haverhill Hospice

Adding the power of flowers to Haverhill Hospice

Inspire Suffolk's 'Team 9' students in Haverhill have been working with the help of the Royal Horticultural Society to brighten up flower beds and woodland at the St Nicholas Hospice Centre.  With the help of the RHS and the Hospice's Outreach Officer, Alison Findlay, their team of young people built four allotment beds and a flower bed in the woodland area in front of the centre. 

Inspire Suffolk are extremely grateful to local estate agent CXG who kindly donated £350 towards the project. The 'Team 9' students also raised over £360 with fundraising initiatives including bag packing in Tesco, a sponsored walk and a fun day held locally in Haverhill which included a tombola, a cake and plant sale, and a stall with special food hanging baskets. This project has been supported by the local community and even Barclay's Bank staff members supported the team on the fun day by helping out at the event.

Once they had raised enough money to start the project at the Hospice, the young people set about assessing the site and measuring the area. Four main allotment beds have been created, giving careful consideration for the sustainability of the project. Team 9 chose the most suitable vegetables and herbs for the allotments. Also preventive measures have been taken to ensure that the area is not damaged in any way. A flower bed has also been designed in front of the centre.

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