Sunflowers and memories at Trinity event

New Sunflower ambassador at Trinity Jodie Prenger visiting the hospice, with (below) Pauline Chattington, John Chattington and (right) Hazel Brindle and (front) Ron Chattington.

New Sunflower ambassador at Trinity Jodie Prenger visiting the hospice, with (below) Pauline Chattington, John Chattington and (right) Hazel Brindle and (front) Ron Chattington.

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A touch of sunshine came to Trinity Hospice as the Bispham-based charity held its first ever sunflower memory event.

Supporters and friends of the hospice turned out for the occasion, held in the beautiful grounds, including Blackpool-based TV star and ambassador of the Sunflower Appeal, Jodie Prenger.

Jodie Prenger, new Sunflower ambassador at Trinity visiting the hospice, pictured with Back L-R Pauline Chattington, John Chattington and Hazel Brindle and Ron Chattington at the front.

Jodie Prenger, new Sunflower ambassador at Trinity visiting the hospice, pictured with Back L-R Pauline Chattington, John Chattington and Hazel Brindle and Ron Chattington at the front.

The Sunflower Appeal was launched in the spring, and more than 550 sunflower plaques have been dedicated in memory of loved ones. They are on display around the hospice gardens, and the appeal is expected to have raised around £10,000.

Jodie was back at the hospice to see how the appeal had grown. She chatted to visitors, patients and staff, who enjoyed drinks and snacks in the gardens on the longest day of the year.

She said: “It was a glorious day and a glorious sight to see hundreds of sunflowers inscribed with names and dedicated by friends and family. Being there and seeing it made it all so meaningful for me; this is what the sunflower appeal was about and I’m pleased to have been a part of it.”

Trinity’s Fundraising Manager Linzi Young said: “This is our first ever sunflower memories appeal and we have been overwhelmed with the response. It seems to have really captured peoples’ imaginations and to have so many visitors in the gardens made it very special.”