Help keep flower group blooming


Service users at a Northumberland hospital are asking for the public’s help to keep their floral group flourishing.

The flower arranging group at Craster Day Hospital at St George’s Park, Morpeth, is appealing for jam jars, small containers, tubs and dishes so that members can continue to produce creative displays, which will be enjoyed by service users, staff and visitors.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust’s (NTW) Craster Day Hospital was inspired to start the flower arranging group by one of its patients, who used to arrange flowers in her local church.

Hospital manager Ingrid Dick said: “The idea to form a flower arranging group came to us after one of our patients, who lives with dementia, spoke fondly about doing the flower arranging in her local church.

“We offered her the opportunity to do some flower arranging at our hospital and it has grown from there, with other people expressing an interest and asking to take part too.

“Many people have started the activity feeling unsure having never done flower arranging before, but with support from both staff and peers, they have produced lovely arrangements, which will be enjoyed at home.

“It is because of its popularity we are asking local residents to look in their cupboards and sheds to see if they have any unused jars or tubs so they can be used by other people and give them the opportunity to enjoy being part of our flower arranging group.”

If you have anything that could be used by the group you can drop it off at the day hospital or ring 01670 501724 for it to be collected.