Home-grown stage star Jodie Prenger has become ambassador for Trinity Hospice’s new Sunflower Appeal.
Jodie, who was born and brought up in Blackpool, visited Bispham-based Trinity last week to meet members of staff and give the Sunflower Appeal her seal of approval.
Jodie was already an established entertainer when she really became a household name, after winning the BBC talent show I’d Do Anything in 2008.
She won national acclaim as Nancy in the revival of the musical Oliver!, she has toured with Spamalot and has become a familiar face on television and a whole host of shows.
She said: “This campaign is a beautiful thing to support and a wonderful cause. I’m looking forward to coming back to the hospice in the summer to see a sea of sunflowers.”
Information about how to sign up for the Sunflower Appeal will soon be released by hospice bosses, but they say it will be easy to get involved.
Everyone who sends a donation Sunflower Appeal will receive a memory pack containing a sunflower lapel pin, a memory card, a sunflower plaque to dedicate to a loved one and a pack of seeds to plant in their own garden.
During the summer, the hospice will be holding a special event of remembrance.
Linzi Young, fundraising manager at Trinity, said: “We have been asked more than once to hold a remembrance event during the summer months, when the hospice gardens are beautiful and when Trinity friends and supporters can gather for peaceful reflection.
“We decided to use sunflowers as our theme because they are so colourful and have a long association with hospice care.
“I really hope it will capture peoples’ imaginations in the same way as our Light up a Life event near Christmas.
“The idea of gathering in the garden on a summer day is a really lovely one, and I hope will appeal to a wide range of supporters.”
For more information, click www.trinityhospice.co.uk