Our Flight for Youth campaign was created in celebration of our 25th anniversary in 2019. As part of this, we had beautiful ceramic butterflies made in four different colours to represent our values Hope (Orange), Opportunity (Pink) Stability (Purple) and Independence (Red) which were used to create art installations at Holkham Hall and The Assembly House during the summer, with the public invited to buy a butterfly of their own. Very kindly, around 30 of these butterflies were purchased by members of the public and donated back to the community. Thank you to all those who wanted to support us but also do something lovely for other local people.
We have donated ten butterflies to Harford Manor School, who provide education for children and young people with complex needs. They have an outdoor eco classroom named ‘Wolds Way Adventure Room’. It is constructed using natural paints, a timber frame, a wildflower roof and the walls are infilled with hempcrete. The butterflies are going to be used to decorate the building.
We donated another ten butterflies, including a framed butterfly, to Priscilla Bacon Lodge which provides specialist palliative care for patients with life limiting illnesses. They support patients through medical outpatients, community specialist nurse visits, inpatient unit and the Rowan Day Centre, providing specialist nurse assessment and support, physiological and spiritual support, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, complementary therapies and social work support. They offer advice on pain management and other symptoms, emotional support, support for family friends and carers, information about conditions and signposting to other services and guidance on planning for current and future care needs. The butterflies were well received and will be on display for the patients to enjoy.
We donated the remaining ten butterflies to Larchwood Care Home in Norwich. The residential and nursing home specialises in care of the terminally ill and chronically sick as well as medical and surgical convalescent patients. The butterflies were well received and will help brighten up their communal areas and maybe even their gardens too.
We would like to thank everyone that purchased a butterfly and chose to donate it locally – they will be greatly admired in their new homes.
If you would like to buy a butterfly for donation or would like one for yourself or as a gift they can still be purchased online here and through our Furniture Stores in Norwich, Dereham, Holt, our Reuse Shop in Ipswich or from our Head Office at 23-27 St Andrews Street in Norwich. All the money raised from our butterflies goes back into supporting our services and activities.
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