Plant a fragrant sweet pea – and help raise funds

GARDENERS will be able to show their support for a children’s charity by planting a special flower.

Stamford charity Anna’s Hope is working on a new fundraising initiative with plant nursery and internet company Simply Seeds.

The firm, which is based in Terrington St John, near King’s Lynn, has named one of its sweetpeas after the charity, which is run by Rob and Carole Hughes of Pilsgate.

The sweetpeas are now on sale and a donation will be made from every sale to the charity.

Anna’s Hope was set up in 2006 by Rob and Carole after their daughter Anna died from a brain tumour aged just three years-old.

The charity aims to help children with brain tumours and their familiesand also helps with rehabilitation and funds research.

Carole said: “Anna loved perfumed flowers and her favourite colour was blue. I love the smell of sweet peas there wonderful aroma that fills the air from May onwards, and I thought what a lovely idea to have a sweet pea named after her, and at the same time helping and giving hope to other children like herself diagnosed with a brain tumour the country’s biggest cancer killer in children.”

Director of Simply Seeds Richard Massey said the flower is due to be on show at the annual Sandringham Flower Show in July.

Mr Massey said that the company wanted to get involved with the charity after being approached by Mrs Hughes.

He said: “We were touched by the story. It was bred by a private breeder. We work closely with a number of private breeders.”

The sweetpea is a climber and can grow up to 6ft tall. It can be planted in borders or on a trellis.

To support the charity go to www.simplyseedsandplants.co.uk/plant-2113/sweet-pea-annas-hope/