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Green-fingered youngsters sought in hospice’s blogging sunflower challenge

Grow sunflowers for fun and a good cause

Green-fingered youngsters are in for a blooming great challenge thanks to a hospice’s blogging bid to see who can grow the tallest sunflower.

Schools, groups, organisations and families are invited to join in the sunflower challenge from UK family activities blogs Have a Lovely Time (www.havealovelytime.com) and NurtureStore (http://nurturestore.co.uk.)

The event will later coincide with a national Go Yellow celebrating work of hospices across the country.

To take part, budding sunflower growers donate just £2 to Wolverhampton’s Compton Hospice through the blogs’ JustGiving site and in return they receive sunflower seeds, an information pack and fun activities to download from NurtureStore.

There are prizes for the tallest sunflower, plus prizes for schools or groups nominated by the winner and a host of other prizes to be awarded at the judges’ discretion.

Organiser Katie Love said: “We felt this would create a fantastic visual tribute to the hospice, tying in both the national hospice emblem of the sunflower and our awareness month in June.

"There are some great prizes on offer but we also hope anyone joining in will take great enjoyment from seeing their sunflower grow over the three months.”

Cathy James from NurtureStore said: “Sunflowers can help children learn about plants, animals, seasons, where food comes from and how things grow, maths and science. The plants can also inspire us to be creative with art, crafts, words and songs.

“In the sunflower challenge, there’s no obligation to join in all the activities but you’re sure to find ideas your child will enjoy.”

To enter, download an activity pack and follow instructions to register. You can find these by clicking on the image of a sunflower at the play-focussed website NurtureStore (http://nurturestore.co.uk) or Have a Lovely Time. (www.havealovelytime.com) which also have details of how to donate online.

First prize is a family ticket to the Just So Festival in August (http://www.justsofestival.org.uk) The festival, held at Barnswood near Leek, is a boutique, weekend-long celebration of creativity aimed at children, young people and their families. There’s also a family ticket to Birmingham’s Thinktank to be won, a micro or maxi scooter and a customised Fairtrade top.

For schools or organisations, the prizes are a £100 voucher from leading supplier of children’s gardening tools, Spotty Green Frog and a birch tree from Shropshire-based Boningale Gardens Creations.

Issued by Linda Jones for more details please call Linda on 01543 468621