The Sunflower Field near Ballynahinch planted by Charles Tottenham, in aid of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services has reached its final weekend, after a steady stream of visitors in August. The field will be closing to the public this Sunday 21st August.
Another Sunflower Field, planted by Joe Mahon of Scalp Wood Nurseries closed last Thursday 11th August and raised €14k.
Eleanor Flew, Director of Fundraising and Communications, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services said: “Visits to the Sunflower Fields have proved very popular and we’ve had a wonderful response to this fundraiser. We have been delighted to meet and chat with those who’ve been supporters over many years and those who have had friends and loved ones in the care of Wicklow Hospice’s team recently and are donating in memory of loved ones.
“Sunflowers have long been a symbol of hospice and palliative care. Both young and old are enjoying their visit, taking lots of photos and picking their favourite to bring home as a souvenir. We are sincerely grateful to Charles Tottenham and Joe Mahon for all the time and effort they have given to make this such a success and we also thank the fantastic volunteers from the community who have been helping out at the fields daily and make events like this possible.
“If people haven’t been there to behold and experience the spectacle yet, we very much encourage them to come along this weekend for the final blooms”, she added.
The field in Ashford is open seven days a week from 10am until 4.45pm (weather permitting) and no pre-booking is required. Visitors are welcome to take photos in the field and if they would like to take some sunflowers home should bring a cutting implement along. There are no set charges, but visitors are kindly asked to donate to Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services using cash, tapping a credit or debit card or via QR code.
Visitors are kindly asked to keep an eye on Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services’ social media for any changes to opening times. Strictly no dogs allowed.
Ballinahinch, Ashford, A67KF65 – Closing this Sunday