People in care show support for Ukraine with 3,000 daffodils
Adults in Lincolnshire with learning disabilities, autism and complex physical and mental health are sharing flowers as a gesture of goodwill and solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
Individuals supported by Home From Home Care in Lincolnshire are sharing the 3,000 daffodils, which were kindly donated by Evolve Flowers in Pinchbeck. Tied with yellow and blue ribbons (the colours of the Ukrainian flag), the daffodils can be given as a kind gesture, or as a sign of solidarity for Ukraine. The 87 individuals supported by Home From Home Care have each been given a bunch for themselves and they’re encouraged to share others within their local communities in Fiskerton, Bardney, Ruskington, Stallingborough and Dorrington.
Hugo de Savary, director of Home From Home Care said:
“We were absolutely delighted when Helen at Evolve Flowers got in touch with us to say they’d like to give flowers to the individuals we support, and we were even more amazed when we realised how many there’d be!
“As well as caring for people, a huge part of our work is helping people with complex needs to be active members of the wider community, with as much independence as possible. The individuals we support will be giving away flowers to the people, businesses and organisations they care for and appreciate, and it’s also a simple way for them to express support for the people of Ukraine.
“Many individuals have been following the news from Ukraine and we’ve been helping them to understand and process that in a way which is appropriate for them. These topics can be challenging for people with learning difficulties and complex needs so this is one way we’re helping them to respond to that, and we’ll be doing more on this in the coming weeks.
“They’re very excited about this opportunity to either show support for the people of Ukraine, or just share some goodwill and happiness and I’m really pleased for them. Arranging things like this is one of the best parts of our work and it puts a smile on all of our faces.”
Evolve Flowers in Pinchbeck donated the flowers after the recent storms meant they had thousands of daffodils they were unable to sell. As a solution, florist Helen Chambers decided to give them to Home From Home Care, a family-run care provider which operates 11 care homes and specialist services across Greater Lincolnshire.
Florist, Helen Chambers at Evolve Flowers said:
“In the last few weeks there were quite a lot of storms and that meant that our customers weren’t going into our flower studio or the florists we supply as they normally would while they stopped at home in case a tree fell on them or something like that. As a result, we had thousands of flowers which are nearly ready to bloom. They’re full of joy and they’re very springy and lovely, but we just had too many of them! These poor daffodils have grown from a bulb and used all their energy to produce these beautiful flowers so I had to find a home for them - and where better than Home From Home Care!”
For information about Home From Home Care, including careers and job vacancies, visit www.homefromhomecare.co.uk.