Bluebird Care West Berkshire and North Hampshire is welcoming the summer months by running a sunflower growing competition for their customers.
Two winners who grow the tallest sunflowers will receive afternoon teas for two people, donated by YumYums, a local food supply service.
Hannah Buckthorpe, a care assistant at Bluebird Care North Hampshire, said: “It’s been lovely to surprise all our customers with this competition and the vast majority have just got stuck in – they all have different techniques.
“Many are like professionals who’ve done this before. One customer, Angela, in Odiham was the most excited – it was her husband Richard’s 90th birthday recently and she said he used to grow sunflowers every year and was even kind enough to show me some pictures of him with some he had grown almost 70 years ago. Angela said she couldn’t wait to go and see him today and have an extra little gift to share with him.
“Ernest – who loves to grow geraniums (pictured) said he’s never grown a sunflower but if the competition was to grow geraniums he’d be in with a chance.”
Sharon Lovelock, a care assistant at Bluebird Care West Berkshire, said:“I loved helping distribute sunflowers to some of our customers for the competition, straight away I got stuck in, I love doing these kinds of things.
“I spent two days delivering pre-made bags and I also brought some compost, pots and sunflower seeds and I then made my way round to deliver them. It was lovely seeing the smiles on their faces from something so small and simple, a lot of them thought I was there for their care call. It was nice to spend a few minutes with my customers outside of their call, something which they clearly really appreciated, they said the extra face and someone else to talk to was lovely and it made their day.”