Flesh and flowers make fine display

Sarah's Florist calendar
Sarah's Florist calendar
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BLOOMIN’ heck.

At the time of year, when the foliage starts to fall and the high winds begin to bite, you’d expect people to use something other than flowers and balloons to cover their modesty.

But that’s precisely what this lot did – and in a very good cause.

Big-hearted staff at Sarah’s Florists on Middlewood Road got their kits off to make a fundraising calendar for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

They did it in memory of a special little girl, nine-year-old Ellie Houlden, whose mum Claire works as a senior florist at the shop.

Shop owner Sarah Adshead explained that Ellie lost her life to cancer four years ago and her family are grateful for the support and care she received from Bluebell Wood.

“We are doing it for Claire and Ellie and to keep Ellie’s memory alive,” said Sarah – aka Miss January.

Alan Greaves, who runs ASG Photography on Middlewood Road, took the pictures which are bright and breezy but tasteful. An initial batch of 200 calendars sold out quickly, another 200 have almost gone and more are being ordered.

Staff from the shop – Denise Beaumont, Sarah Kelk, Katy Hodgkinson, Janey Needham and Sarah’s mum Ann – stripped off for the calendar and a couple of male drivers, Brian Merrill and Chris Ellis, followed suit.

Also in on the act is ‘Auntie’ Joyce Whiteley, who calls to make the tea and to take Sarah’s dog for a walk. “She’s gorgeous – a friend of the shop,” said Ann.

Printers Jenkinson Marshall & Co produced the calendars at cost, and already early sales of the calendar, which costs £6 and is available from the florists and other shops on Middlewood Road, have raised £740 for the hospice at North Anston.

“Everybody has been brilliant – very supportive,” said Sarah.