Blooming Marvellous! Cornwall's daffodils help raise
money for charity
Two Cornish daffodil growers responded to an emailed plea
sent on Saturday 25th February by Karryn Brooks, organiser
of a Marie Curie Cancer Care event in Cheshire.
By the next day, Ron Scamp of Quality Daffodils had teamed
up with New Generation Daffodils to pick, cut and pack the
300 flowers for free. Karryn simply had to cover the cost
of sending the daffodils up to Cheshire in time for the event
planned for Thursday 2nd March.
Ron says: "Karryn's doing a great thing
for this charity; the least we could do was respond in a positive
way and bring a little bit of cheer from Cornwall."
Following the death of a close friend 18 months ago, Karryn,
who works for Barclays Bank in a call centre, decided to raise
money for the cancer charity by planning an event that would
be held at her workplace. Her local pub has devised a quiz
and is providing the drinks, local businesses have donated
prizes for the raffle and the bank has given her funding for
the meal that is included in the price of the ticket.
Karryn says: "I woke up on Friday morning and
thought it would be brilliant if we had real flowers to make
the venue look less 'worky', especially as Marie
Curie's logo is the daffodil. However, I didn't
really think it would be possible to find any, given the time
of year and the cold weather we've been having."
Undeterred, she used a search engine to track down a supplier
who would be willing to provide the flowers at a reduced cost.
Unable to find a local grower, she stumbled across the website
for Cornish Horticultural Enterprises, a delegated grant scheme
responsible for funding horticultural projects in Cornwall.
Project administrator Gillian Clark, received the email and
sent it on to a number of daffodil growers in Cornwall, asking
them to respond direct to Karryn.
Marie Curie Cancer Care, which is soon to celebrate its
60th anniversary, is a charity that provides care to over
25,000 cancer patients and their families in the UK. All money
raised from the event, which Karryn hopes will amount to over
£4000, will go to the charity.
For further information please contact Gillian Clark on 01626
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in Cornish Horticultural Enterprises
through the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund
Anyone considering a new horticulture, food and
land based industries project is advised to speak with Maria
Ford, at Government Office South West - 01752 635015 - before
commencing development as there are now only limited funds
available due to the successful uptake of funding by the agricultural
sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
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