Summer of Sunflowers comes to Dorchester to raise money and make people smile

By Lottie Welch

19th Jul 2022 | Local News

Come and see the town now bursting with brightly coloured sunflowers, all in aid of raising money for Dorset County Hospital's Kingfisher children's unit and Cherkasy Hospital in Ukraine.

Summer of Sunflowers is all about putting a smile on people's faces and helping good causes - find sunflower displays hanging across South Street, explore the town to find sunflower decorated shop windows and see the sunflowers growing in the Borough Gardens.

In August there will be a scenic walk marked out with sunflower pavement stickers leading people from the town to the Dorset Sunflower Trail at Maiden Castle Farm.

Last year the trail brought thousands of visitors and raised nearly £25,000 for Dorset County Hospital's special care baby unit and this year they are also raising money for Dorset County Hospital's Kingfisher children's unit and Cherkasy Hospital in Ukraine. 

Hazel Hoskins, Dorset Sunflower Trail organiser, said: "It was fantastic last year seeing the thousands of people who visited the farm to see the sunflowers. Judging by all the pictures we saw on social media we like to thank we helped families make some special memories.

"I'm over the moon with the amount of money we raise last year and glad to see that sunflowers are appearing in the town centre too to extend the magic and increase the money we raise."

Dorchester Town Council has funded the town centre sunflower displays and organised the sunflower shop window decoration competition. There are more than 25 window displays across both Poundbury and Dorchester.

The sunflower festivities will be up until the end of August. If you would like to donate, use this link.

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