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19th Sep, 2021

Families invited to grow a sunflower to support Solihull veterans with dementia

Sarah Mason 5th Apr, 2021

FAMILIES are being invited to grow sunflowers this summer to support veterans with dementia.

The Royal Star and Garter home in Solihull is inviting everyone to join their Reflect and Grow project in a bid to bring together families to reflect on their experiences in the pandemic, while sharing the joy of growing plants.

Supporters are invited to make a £10 donation to the charity to receive an activity pack, which includes five sunflower seeds with planting instructions, colouring-in sheet, markings to measure your flowers as they grow and a table to chart their progress.

Donations will support the charity, care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia.

Gardeners will be encouraged to share photos of their soaring sunflowers on social media, tagging Royal Star and Garter.

On the National Day of Reflection, March 23, the three Royal Star and Garter homes planted a cherry blossom tree in its gardens to create a living memorial for residents who died last year and also to recognise the efforts of staff, who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure residents continue receiving care.

Senior community fundraiser, Lauren Baker, said: “We hope that while planting and watching these sunflowers grow, our supporters will have an opportunity to reflect on what we have been through over the past year.

“Reflect and Grow can also bring together families and friends who have been separated for so long, and provide a summer-long project for all to enjoy.”

For more or to get a sunflower pack visit

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