Field of Hope to blossom

Field of hope
Field of hope
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Manor Heath Park became a hive of activity when students, volunteers and fund-raisers came together to plant up the Marie Curie Field of Hope.

More than 3,000 different species of daffodil bulbs were planted in the Halifax park in memory of loved ones, ready to bloom next spring.

Students from Calderdale College’s horticultural department, pupils from Ravenscliffe High School and Savile Park Primary School helped fund-raisers from Marie Curie plant the bulbs.

Beryl Richie, treasure of Marie Curie’s Halifax fund-raising group, said she was delighted with how the day went.

“I am thrilled to bits it was such a wonderful event. Everyone made their presence felt by planting the bulbs in memory of loved ones and extending the field of hope.

“A lot of bulbs have been donated by the Manor Heath Park, Calderdale College Horticulture department and Kershaw’s Garden Centre, Brighouse.”

Philip Johnson, nursery supervisor at Manor Heath Nursery said: “It was brilliant. The students really enjoyed themselves, everyone got their hands dirty and a good time was had by all.”

Luke Allinson, one of the Calderdale College Horticulture students, said: “It was an amazing, intense and unique day, I am very glad I was able to make a difference.”

To help raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care contact Lucy Burnett, community fund-raiser for Calderdale on 01274 337 017 or email

Marie Curie nurses work in the community to provide end of life care, free of charge, for patients in their own homes.

Research shows around 65 per cent of people would like to die at home.