Mountbatten Hampshire is encouraging everyone in Southampton and west Hampshire to spread a little sunshine and happiness this spring by taking part in ‘Plant A Flower’ Day on Friday 12 March.

Corin Ball, from the Fundraising Team at Mountbatten Hampshire, says: “I’ve been bowled over by the support we’ve received from the local community.   Schools, voluntary groups and individuals have all wanted to get involved.

“The aim of Plant A Flower Day is to flood Hedge End, Romsey, Botley, West End, Eastleigh, Hamble, Winchester, Southampton, and West Hampshire with a sea of sunshine bringing happiness to what has been a challenging time for everyone.  If you are not able to grow sunflowers you might like to draw or paint them to display in a window.”

Mountbatten Hampshire covers the Southampton and west Hampshire area including Hedge End, Romsey, Botley, West End, Eastleigh, Hamble and Winchester.   The Hospice at West End provides 24/7 care to 300 patients each year in the 21-bed Inpatient Unit, with a further 800 patients and families being supported across the area in their homes by the Community Team.

Corin continued: “I’m looking forward to seeing the picture of lots of flowers including the sunflowers associated with Mountbatten Hampshire.  It is great having something new to talk about and an excuse to get out in the garden to enjoy some fresh air!   Join in with your family, community members, friends, neighbours, pupils, and staff - in your garden or at the allotment for some friendly competition and nurture your sunflowers so that they are the tallest and brightest!”

Mountbatten Hampshire will be sharing gardening top tips? Pictures from those taking part will be shared via the Mountbatten Hampshire Facebook page.

To find out more about taking part visit Plant A Flower Day or speak with [email protected].   A limited supply of free sunflower seeds are available on request.