Hospice Flower Festival set to raise over £60k

The much-anticipated St Michael’s Hospice Flower Festival looks set to raise over £60,000 following three days which will live long in the memory of those who attended.

As the scent of autumn descended on Herefordshire, thousands of visitors were drawn to the county’s largest flower festival by the fragrant and visual beauty created by dozens of arrangers.

The interior at Lyde Arundel was bedecked with displays, all constructed under the theme of Transformation and Peace.

Opening the Festival was horticultural expert and TV presenter Monty Don, who lives in Herefordshire.

Welcoming guests he said he was ‘profoundly impressed’ by what he’s seen, adding he was very proud to be opening it.

The Festival tied in with celebrations marking the Hospice’s 35th anniversary.

The event is thanks in no small part to the dedication of its four principal organisers, Stephen Rabbitts, Carola Kean, Jacqueline Flack and Joan Davies.

The event is the third time this team have put on a display of this size for St Michael’s; the previous two taking place eight and 10 years ago.

For Carola, the cause is one close to her heart.

‘My husband died at St Michael’s almost 16 years ago. My mum also passed away there, so I’m well aware of the great work the Hospice does.

‘The Festival has been a big success and I’ve been pleased to see a wide range of ages attending.’

Paddy Nugent, the Hospice’s Community Manager, said visitors were left astounded by the arrangements.

‘The thought, time and ingenuity which has gone into these works of art is truly staggering,’ he said.

‘Thank you to every arranger for supporting us, and to the community for attending and making Transformation and Peace such a huge success.’

He said attention now turns to Postcards From Life which sees hundreds of postcards created by artists across Herefordshire and beyond, go under the hammer during an online auction.

The auction begins on Monday 28th October before a three-day exhibition of the work at the Bishop’s Palace in Hereford from 8th-10th November.

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Pic caption: Monty Don (centre) with the Festival’s principal organisers (from left) Joan Davies, Carola Kean, Jacqueline Flack and Joan Davies.