One million daffodils have been planted in the biggest park in Liverpool, Sefton Park, for Marie Curie’s Charity, for over a decade to remember those who have lost their lives.
“Local Residents were encouraged to sponsor a bulb in memory of a loved one”.
These are the words of Anthony Jones, a community fundraiser at South Liverpool’s, Marie Curie Hospice. He claims that the fields are: “One of the first and largest in the country to be planted”.
Marie Curie is a charity which provides care to people with any terminal illnesses, either in their own homes or in one of the nine hospices around the UK.
Daffodils are an international symbol of ‘hope’ and they are the official emblem of the charity.
Dave Keery, whose mother was cared for and spent her last days in Marie Curie, said: “The team were brilliant with my mum when she stayed there, such lovely people. They made her more comfortable and she managed to enjoy her last few months in the hospice.”
Each person remembered in the field will be added to a roll call for that particular Field of Hope.
Jones’ added: “The field and all those remembered in it would be celebrated during the first bloom the following spring”. The memory of lost loved ones will live on through the daffodils.
The daffodil planting started out as a fundraising initiative, this ended over a decade ago, but they continue to provide a beautiful spring-time bloom for everyone to enjoy.
Jones’ said the daffodils “remain as a reminder in the parks and gardens of the country of the care and support Marie Curie provides to individuals and their families at the end of their life.”