Sunflower seeds – a new temporary posting for CFRs, growing goodwill for the future

Date: 18 April 2020

Norfolk Police Sunflower campaign

You’ve seen the “Rainbow Campaign” where people’s front windows are carrying multi-coloured drawings to show solidarity with the NHS. This new Sunflower campain is a way to extend that idea into a practical project!

Aylsham Garden Centre has donated 10,000 Sunflower seeds to Norfolk Police to be distributed to local communities during lockdown.

Working together with the East of England Ambulance Service and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, Norfolk Police are encouraging communities to display images of Sunflowers in their windows. These can be drawn, painted, knitted, or created in any other way.

Homes which are seen displaying their Sunflower display by officers, or members of the other blue light services, whilst on shift/patrol will receive a sunflower seed through the door which can be planted.
Homeowners can then watch it grow over the coming weeks and months – with a beautiful sunflower to look forward to at the end.

The Eastern Daily Press will launch this campaign on Monday 20th April, with the support of EEAST, the other blue light services and partner agencies, such as District Councils in Norfolk.

This initiative aims to spread some positivity and happiness through these difficult days of lockdown. Encouraging communities to show solidarity for the stay at home message, sowing and watering the seeds, so we can look forward to a brighter future.

Andrew Barlow, East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) Community Response Manager said: “What a good idea to spread some positivity and give people staying home a project for the lockdown season!

"This is literally the community planting seeds for a sunnier future, and we would also like to “plant some seeds” to grow the next generation of volunteer CFRs and Specials!”

Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Greene, said: “I am really happy to support such a positive campaign. The sunflower is known to be a happy flower; it can bring joy to a person's day. The sunflower puts itself in position to directly receive the sun's gaze.

"Let’s hope this initiative helps to spread a little positive cheer and sunshine across Norfolk and in turn help the sunflowers to thrive. Small gestures can make such a big difference to us all, young and old alike. May the sunflower bring a little sunshine into your life and help chase away the gloom.”

You can download the sunflower campaign poster and sunflower colouring sheet - which you can download and display in your window. 

Please share your Sunflower creations with us on Social Media using @EastEnglandAmb and @NorfolkPolice #SowTheSeedsForABrighterFuture #StayHomeStaySafe #ProtectTheNHS

 

  • Summary:

    You’ve seen the “Rainbow Campaign” where people’s front windows are carrying multi-coloured drawings to show solidarity with the NHS. This new Sunflower campain is a way to extend that idea into a practical project!