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As you well know, I’m a big believer in the joyful powers of flowers. Giving or receiving, hand-picked in jam jars or formally arranged in cellophane, they never fail to cheer.
So when I heard about the launch of a new charity whose focus is flowers, I was particularly excited.
You know when you go to weddings or parties with beautiful floral displays and as you’re leaving you think: “Ooh those poor flowers are all going to get thrown away. I wish I could take some home with me. They’d look so pretty on my bedside table. And it’s not like anyone ever buys me them anyway *sniff*. So really it wouldn’t be such a bad thing if I just took them…”
But then you stop yourself because you don’t want to get caught leaving your friend’s wedding with an £80 centrepiece under your party dress.
Well, Floral Angels are stepping in and rescuing those lonely bunches.
These fabulous florists recycle flowers from weddings, photoshoots, formal functions and so on, and then they create new bouquets which they deliver to hospices, women’s refuges and care homes. Amazing idea, right?
You can see one of the angels, Amanda, delivering a bouquet to dementia patient Jean below. Love those smiles.
I had the pleasure of asking one of the other angels, Jules, a few questions:
How do you feel when you deliver the flowers to the recipients?
It’s a feeling that can’t be described in words, only felt and lived when you feel it. It just makes sense of everything. We are here to help each other. All is love.
How do the recipients respond when they get the flowers?
What’s the best thing about being involved with Floral Angels?
The daily joy from doing something good in the world.
Why do you think flowers make people so happy?
We very much believe in the healing power of flowers and plants. It’s been proven that when we unexpectedly receive flowers we receive a jolt of serotonin – the happiness hormone – and that, as we flower lovers all know, flowers change the energy in a room. Florence Nightingale famously said that when flowers were present in a patient’s room their fever did not reach such high peaks.
What makes you joyful?
Personally, for me, it’s the daily things. Eating dinner with my family, a glass of wine at the end of the day, hiking with girlfriends, laughing out loud, The Covent Garden Flower Market, when the lights go down at The Royal Court Theatre, seeing my children work hard and succeed, all those things but best of all when I turn out the light at the end of the day I know I am living my life with a joyful purpose and giving back to those who are not so fortunate.
The Floral Angels are Julie Ritter, Frances Hunter, Gracia Lafuente and Amanda Romain.
Such a beautiful idea. Find out more, including how you can help, here.