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Fountain of Flowers unveiled at West Suffolk Hospital as a 'thank you'




A gift of thanks to NHS staff from the people of Bury St Edmunds was unveiled on Tuesday.

A ‘Fountain of Flowers’ stands proudly near the entrance of West Suffolk Hospital, after a handover ceremony from Bury in Bloom.

David Irvine, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, said: “With so many people wanting to express their gratitude to West Suffolk Hospital staff for their tireless dedication, we saw the Fountain of Flowers as a way for everyone to come together and say thank you.”

A Fountain of Flowers has been donated by Bury in Bloom to West Suffolk Hospital to show their thanks for the work they did over the Covid outbreak. Pictured (L-R)Councillor Paul Hopfenspurger, Robin Burnett - Bury in Bloom, Rosie Cawston - Ward Manager and Gary Stanard - Hospital Estates Manager..Poic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (38911423)
A Fountain of Flowers has been donated by Bury in Bloom to West Suffolk Hospital to show their thanks for the work they did over the Covid outbreak. Pictured (L-R)Councillor Paul Hopfenspurger, Robin Burnett - Bury in Bloom, Rosie Cawston - Ward Manager and Gary Stanard - Hospital Estates Manager..Poic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (38911423)

Donations for the two-metre floral fountain were made by dozens of members of the public following a Facebook appeal and members of the Bury Society.

“It was very touching to read the stories that came with the donations and some, of course, were made in memorial. It was humbling to read the stories and I feel privileged to be a part of it.”

Sue Smith, on behalf of West Suffolk Hospital Foundation Trust, said: “This beautiful floral display will remind staff how much they are valued every time they see it. Huge thanks to everyone who has made it possible.”

A Fountain of Flowers has been donated by Bury in Bloom to West Suffolk Hospital to show their thanks for the work they did over the Covid outbreak..Poic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (38911422)
A Fountain of Flowers has been donated by Bury in Bloom to West Suffolk Hospital to show their thanks for the work they did over the Covid outbreak..Poic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (38911422)

Donations in kind were made by Woolpit Nurseries, CCG Gardeners and the hospital’s estates department.

The fountain, which weighs about 300kg when full of water and plants, will be on display until late summer and replanted in the autumn. The funds raised are enough to maintain it for the next two or three seasons.

Bury in Bloom will enter the display in a regional competition.

A Fountain of Flowers has been donated by Bury in Bloom to West Suffolk Hospital to show their thanks for the work they did over the Covid outbreak..Poic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (38911421)
A Fountain of Flowers has been donated by Bury in Bloom to West Suffolk Hospital to show their thanks for the work they did over the Covid outbreak..Poic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (38911421)

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