Bouquets left round Belfast aimed at giving 'lonely' boost
Everyone needs a little 'pick-me-up' to get through difficult times, and that's why over the past couple of days you may have spotted random bouquets of flowers around the greater Belfast area.
They haven't been discarded or forgotten, they're waiting to find a home as part of a campaign by a local florist to brighten up someone's day. Around 40 of the bouquets were placed around the city by Ferguson Flowers earlier this week as part of the company's Lonely Bouquets project.
"It's all part of trying to put a smile on people's faces, people who may need something nice in their life for a day or two," said Wendy Heaney, Ferguson Flowers manager in Holywood.
"We've left them dotted around the city for anyone to pick up. They all have cards attached asking to be adopted, but people can maybe pass them on to someone who's lonely, someone who needs a little boost.
"We wanted to put a smile on a few faces, and getting flowers generally makes people feel good.
"The cards have short messages promoting mental health awareness and issues over loneliness, and while we have left contact details hoping to find out where the flowers are adopted to, that's not the real point of this."
She explained that the idea is part of a nationwide project spearheaded by Go Dutch, the parent company of Ferguson Flowers.
"We'll be adopting the Go Dutch branding in September and this project isn't unique to Belfast. It's popular in Europe and has been done across the country," she said.
"We have already had a few messages back. It's always nice to hear that you've managed to help give people a better day.
"We did leave some bouquets on trains as well, and hopefully they will have given someone a boost on their way home from a difficult day at work.
"And if we are able to make people think about problems friends or loved ones may be living with through mental health issues, or simply through being lonely, then we'll be delighted."