Local student Evie Armstrong has been inspired to create a stunning springtime floral tribute in Garvagh in an effort to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Evie is having a bulb-planting day at the entrance to Rectory Park in Garvagh on Saturday 28 November, 1pm – 4pm and is hoping that people will donate generously to Macmillan by sponsoring bulbs in the display.
Both of Evie’s parents were diagnosed with cancer this year and she wanted to give something back to the charity which has supported her family through a challenging time.
Evie says, “I was keen to do something positive that would have a long-lasting impact in the town and give people something special to look forward to as we move from winter into spring. It’s a difficult time to fundraise and charities like Macmillan need our help more than ever so that they can provide much-needed support for others as they have done for us.
“Bright, beautiful flowers always bring a smile, and I’m grateful to John Armstrong and Andy McClarty who have very kindly donated the daffodil and crocus bulbs. Andy has been fundraising for Macmillan for many years and has been a great help and inspiration when I was thinking about ways to support the charity.”
“It couldn’t be simpler for people to get involved in our bulb-planting day! They can join us on Saturday 28 November to plant their own bulbs, or they can make a donation in advance and we will have volunteers on hand to plant on their behalf. We will of course be working within government guidelines relating to covid-19 at that time.”
Tania Bailie, Area Fundraising Manager for Macmillan in NI says that Evie’s idea is a wonderful, heart-warming way to raise money and do something up-lifting for her local community at the same time. She says, “98% of Macmillan’s income is from donations and fundraising activities like Evie’s – we have never needed the public’s help more than we do right now. I would like to say a huge thank you to Evie for the energy and enthusiasm she has put into her plans. Please support her in whatever way you can.”
Evie adds, “I hope that the flowers will be a lasting tribute each spring to people who are living with cancer in the area, those who have loved ones affected by cancer and to the Macmillan nurses who support us during difficult times.”
To find out more and make a donation, visit Evie’s fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bulb-planting-day