Brightening up gardens to raise funds for NHS

Volunteers have been raising money for the NHS with special creations.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 9:00 am
Volunteers from the Ashington Veterans and Elders Institute with some of their wooden flowers.

People at the Ashington Veterans and Elders Institute have been producing painted wooden flowers to help brightening up garden fences, walls, or sheds, or to show appreciation for the amazing work our key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

After initially thinking they would sell 50 wooden flowers, over 500 have been sold – priced at £10 and £12 – helping raise more than £1,500, which has been donated to the Palliative Care Unit at Wansbeck Hospital.

Members Keith Green, Ken Hicks, Alan Oliver, John and Brian Dobinson and Colin Brown, with external volunteers Jennifer and Julie Green and Fiona and Stu Wright have been working flat out since the middle of January.

Local businesses have helped with donations including Maxwell's, Acorn Timber, You Grow We Mow and Akzonobel.

Other volunteers have also come on board, including the Men In Sheds project in Ashington.

A spokesperson said: “The institute itself has benefited enormously from funding in the past three years, and the committee thought it was time to give something back while they had the time during lockdown.

“The institute was going to hold a fundraising event before the pandemic struck, with proceeds from that going to the Palliative Care Unit at Wansbeck Hospital.

"The committee was keen to ensure the proceeds from the flower project stayed within the area, so are donating monies raised to the same cause.

“Demand is still growing, so we'll continue producing and selling for a while yet.”

If anyone would like to volunteer to help they can visit the Facebook page at Ashington Veterans and Elders Institute, or ring 07711 158978.