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Sunflowers spread awareness at Kendal Calling

Hospice at Home Team

[L]ocal charity, Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland, visited Kendal Calling Music Festival at Lowther Deer Park to raise awareness and funds via donations for sunflower badges. Many festival goers supported the appeal and added the vibrant sunflowers to their person. The sunflowers were distributed from yellow wheelbarrows, washing baskets and the charity gazebo situated in the main arena. Hospice at Home have been delighted with the response to the sunflowers with £8,188 raised throughout the weekend.

Julie Blundell, Head of Income Generation and Marketing, along with 15 other team members and volunteers wore vibrant yellow Hospice at Home T Shirts and encouraged the festival goers to support this local Charity. The flowers were added to clothing, hats, tents, camper vans and the obligatory wellies and were highly visible throughout the festival.

Hospice at Home supporters with sunflowers

This year’s fancy dress theme, ‘Into the Future’ was also catered for with some futuristic fancy dress items, all adding colour and fun to the festival fields.

Julie said “The extreme heat and then wet weather conditions of this weekend made the experience more challenging, however the continued support which is generously given is truly amazing.

The sunflower – which is a nationally recognised symbol of Hospice Care – was the ideal item to bring to the Deer Park, bringing great bursts of across the crowds.

Hospice at Home would like to sincerely thank the Kendal Calling Team for continuing to support this local Charity, to the Volunteers who gave their time and enthusiasm during the weekend and to all who generously supported and added a sunflower to their attire. Thanks are also expressed to Penrith Tool Hire for loaning their trailer for the weekend and to our volunteers who helped set up the charity’s stall on the Kendal Calling site.”

Many photos of the sunflower supporters have been added to the charity’s Facebook page, please visit to view.

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