Pupils from south Belfast’s Donegall Road Primary School had spring in mind last week as they helped to plant daffodils in aid of charity.
Staff from the Housing Executive’s south Belfast district office, as well as community representatives and local residents, lent a hand in planting the special crop of daffodils at Donegall Road (close to the City Hospital), just one of 30 public sites across Northern Ireland that are being planted as part of Marie Curie Cancer Care’s ‘Fields of Hope’.
The yearly initiative helps to raise funds and awareness for charity. When the flowers bloom in spring, the field will become a sea of yellow, raising awareness for the charity throughout communities in Northern Ireland.
Speaking at the planting ceremony, the Housing Executive’s south Belfast assistant district manager Anne Cooke said: “Many of our staff have been touched by cancer in one way or another so we were delighted to participate in Marie Curie Cancer Care’s ‘Fields of Hope’ campaign.
“A bonus with this campaign is that it allows us to once again work closely with local communities and the benefits of this will be evident to all come spring.”
Freda Conville and Eleanor Forbes of the ABC (Abingdon, Barrington and Colchester) and Mid-Donegall Road Residents’ Association added: “We're always delighted to participate in projects like this - not only does
it give local people, especially the children, a chance to get involved in improving their own community but it also brings home to us all the impact that things like cancer can have on families.
“We have really enjoyed working with the Housing Executive on the project and are looking forward to seeing the field in full bloom in Spring.”
Anne Hannan, corporate development manager at Marie Curie Cancer Care, thanked the Housing Executive for supporting the campaign.
“Funds raised through campaigns such as ‘Fields of Hope’ help Marie Curie nurses in Northern Ireland provide more than 50,000 hours of free, specialist end-of-life nursing care to cancer patients each year,” said Ms Hannan.