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Knowsley farmer raises over £40,000 for NHS

by Alison Cornmell

Farmer Olly Harrison’s floral tribute to the NHS has raised an amazing £40,379.62 for NHS charities.

Earlier this year in April 2020, the local farmer planted 35,000 sunflower seeds, across an acre of land to create 200ft long letters that spelt ‘NHS’. Done at the height of the still ongoing global pandemic, Farmer Olly’s flowers were his ‘thank you’ to the hundreds of thousands of NHS staff who have made, and continue to make, huge sacrifices for our country.

Olly also planted a field of sunflowers to create a maze for families to enjoy over the summer. It was the proceeds from these ticket sales that has resulted in the huge donation Farmer Olly has made to the following charities:

North West Air Ambulance Charity, which takes advanced healthcare to scene; reaching, treating and transferring patients to definitive care as quickly as possible

Sunflowers, a charity that supports people with cancer and other long-term conditions

Willowbrook Hospice, an independent charity established in 1993 by local people to raise funds to build and run a Specialist Palliative Care Unit

Alder Hey Children’s Charity, which raises funds to make Alder Hey a world-class children’s hospital.

Farmer Harrison said: “Despite the circumstances it was a fantastic summer and we loved seeing the thousands of people who visited the farm to see the sunflowers. Judging by all the pictures we saw on social media we like to think we helped families make some special memories.

“I’m over the moon with the amount of money we’ve raised but it wasn’t just us that raised the money, it was everyone who came to visit the sunflower maze. So, thank you to everyone who visited us – with your contribution we can help make a real difference to the charities we’ve donated to.”

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, Cllr Shelley Powell, said: “The NHS sunflowers and maze was a fantastic idea and has made such a positive impact on the NHS charities who have benefitted from the donation. While we continue to face the challenge of coronavirus it’s brilliant to see stories like this –  Farmer Olly Harrison is a great example of Knowsley Better Together, where communities come together and supporting one another, so I express my sincere thanks to him.”

Sunflowers being grown in the shape of the letters NHS on Olly Harrison's farm in Prescot

Farmer Olly’s ‘NHS’ sunflowers