Youngsters get green fingered in Norwich

Evie Victoria, Jamie and Emily planting daffodil bulbs

Evie Victoria, Jamie and Emily planting daffodil bulbs - Credit: Paul Dickson

Cecil Gowing pupils plant daffodils at Maids Head Hotel.

Jemima and Seth planting daffodil bulbs

Jemima and Seth planting daffodil bulbs - Credit: Paul Dickson

Children from a Norwich Infant School have planted daffodils to help raise funds and awareness for Marie Curie's Great Daffodil Appeal.

Twelve children from Cecil Gowing Infant School, aged between four and seven, planted daffodil bulbs at the Maids Head Hotel this week, and also tried their hand at pot decorating.

The children were also given bulbs to take home from the event on January 17, to carry on testing their new horticultural skills.

Of the 24 bulbs planted by the students, each can be identified thanks to a stick marking the daffodils.

Evie Victoria, Jamie and Emily planting daffodil bulbs

Evie Victoria, Jamie and Emily planting daffodil bulbs - Credit: Paul Dickson


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The Maids Head Hotel is inviting members of the public to sponsor a daffodil for £15, with all proceeds being donated to the cancer care charity.

Those who sponsor the bulb which blooms first will win an evening for two, and will be lucky enough to try the seven course Inspiration Menu of the hotel's Wine Press restaurant.

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Eloise Moore, teacher at Cecil Gowing Infant School said: 'All the children take part in outdoor learning once a week in mixed age groups, either at the school or out in the community.

'We were really pleased to return to the Maids Head, after working with the hotel on our wedding event last year.

'The children learn about different charities, so this has been an excellent opportunity to introduce them to Marie Curie and also for them to visit a city hotel.'

The Maids Head Hotel will be supporting Marie Curie as their nominated charity throughout the year.

Hugo Stevenson, community fundraiser at Marie Curie Norfolk, said: 'Marie Curie is delighted that the Maids Head has chosen to support us as their charity of the year in 2017. It was lovely that some of the children from Cecil Gowing Infant School were at the hotel today planting daffodils.

'It is very good that young children are involved in fundraising and learning that it is fun, as they are the fundraisers of the future.

'Together we can build a better community in Norfolk.'

Linzi Rawson, Sales Manager, Maids Head Hotel said: 'We really enjoyed welcoming back the children and teachers from Cecil Gowing Infant School, as they helped us launch our fundraising year.

'We will be keeping a close eye on the daffodil bulbs as they grow in the planters in our courtyard.

'There will be several events in aid of Marie Curie during the course of 2017 and individual members of staff will also be organising their own fundraising projects.'

To sponsor a daffodil bulb contact 01603 272008 or email events@maidsheadhotel.co.uk.

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