Three Scarborough florists team up on blue bow fund raiser for NHS

Blue bows are popping up on doors across Scarborough as residents rush to show their support for the area’s NHS staff.

Three of the town’s florists have teamed up to offer the door ribbons in return for a donation to Scarborough Hospital.

They say the response from the town has been phenomenal.

Since launching the idea, Michelle Brown from Flowers of Distinction on North Marine Road, Claire Fenwick from Forget Me Not Florist on Victoria Road and Claire Warburton from Rose Garden Florist on Dean Road have been inundated with requests for hundreds of bows.

Michelle Brown from Flowers of Distinction with her son Eddie.

Claire from Forget Me Not Florist said: “It’s only been going for a few days. We can’t believe how it’s taken off.

“One man who lives on Durham Street has asked for 61 bows - one for each house on the street.”

In the first two days of the fund raiser, she and the team from her shop had already made 150 door ribbons, and there have been more requests flooding in.

“More and more people are messaging and knocking on my door asking for bows,” she said.

Claire Fenwick and her daughter Kirby from Forget Me Not Florist.

Florists were ordered to shut their shops along with many other businesses by the Government last month.

Claire said there have been difficulties sourcing flowers to deliver from their usual Dutch suppliers because of the restrictions currently in place in Holland.

“All of us florists get on with each other and we started talking about someone in another area who had been doing rainbow bows,” she said.

“It gives us something to do and we thought this was a way we could put something back."

The money raised will go to Scarborough Hospital and Cross Lane Hospital.

To request a bow, message any of the three florists on Facebook. You can donate to the fund by visiting www.gofundme.com/f/raising-money-for-scarborough-hospital.

The florists have also designed an artificial spray for local funeral directors to hire in return for a donation to the hospitals fundraiser so that there can be flowers at the area’s funerals.