A ROSE named in memory of a father who died in an accident at work has been given royal approval at the opening of a children’s hospice by the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.
The One and Only rose was named after Ian Ebbs, 43, of Old Station Yard, Morton, who was killed while working on a printing press at St Ives Printing company in Fengate, Peterborough, in 2008.
Following Ian’s death his widow Jackie and children Matthew, 19, and Zoe, 16, teamed up with gardening experts Thompson and Morgan to name the rose in his memory.
A percentage of proceeds from every One and Only rose sold is given to Greenfingers, a charity that creates gardens for children’s hospices.
One of the gardens the charity has paid for is at The Treehouse hospice in Ipswich, which was formally opened by the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton on Monday.
The Duchess recently became a patron of East Anglia Children’s Hospices, which runs the new hospice.
Jackie travelled to Ipswich on Monday for the opening of the hospice and garden. A total of £45,000 was raised towards the garden through sales of the One and Only rose.
Jackie said: “We have raised £45,000 towards the garden so far, in only the second year since the rose was launched.
“We have also had 25,000 roses just come into season. Hopefully that will get us well on our way to raising £100,000 which is the full cost of the garden.
“It’s a lovely garden, very peaceful, and it’s lovely to see it come to fruition.”
The rose was named after the song The One and Only by Chesney Hawkes, which was chosen by Zoe to be played at Ian’s funeral.
The red rose is grown by Robert Wharton, a commercial rose grower in Norfolk, and was bred by the French company Meilland in their Parfum de Provence programme.
Jackie added: “The naming of a rose in memory of Ian provided an opportunity for some good to come out of our family’s tragedy.
“The rose is a ﬁtting tribute to Ian who was such a kind, generous-hearted man who was wonderful with children - just a big kid himself really.”
The One and Only rose can be bought through Thompson and Morgan at www.thompson-morgan.com/flowers/all-other-seeds-and-plants/shrubs-and-roses/rose-the-one-and-only.