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Sunflower growing initiative to celebrate 35 years of Earl Mountbatten Hospice

Can you grow the tallest sunflower? Or the widest, or most sunflowers on a piece of land? That is the challenge being set by Earl Mountbatten Hospice, as we continue to celebrate our 35th anniversary year in 2017.
The sunflower is widely known as the hospice emblem and it is hoped that the whole community will get behind the initiative, which aims to highlight the extent to which the hospice reaches all corners of the Island. Although many people think of the hospice as a building, more Islanders are supported in their own homes than in the 16-bed hospice ward. In fact, 600 people are cared for and supported in their own homes, including care homes. The campaign also emphasises the growth in hospice services over the past 35 years, and the continued growth and innovation into the future. 
The hospice is appealing for schools, businesses, landowners and other organisations to support the initiative by planting as many sunflowers as possible over the next few months. Special hospice sunflower seed packets are now available at our ten hospice shops, for a suggested minimum £1 donation. They will also soon be available at Jubilee Garden Centre, the National Farmers’ Union office in Newport and Isle of Wight Radio. The list of outlets is expected to grow, and updates will be featured on our website. Any shops or organisations willing to help distribute the seeds are also urged to get in contact.
Anyone wanting to get involved can also grow their own sunflowers, and the more people that get involved the more powerful a symbol of unity will be created across the Island. 
Once you’ve got your sunflower seeds, we’d like to follow your progress! Send us photos of every stage of the growing process so we can share them on our website and social media. And enter our competition, which has three categories:
  • Tallest sunflower
  • Widest sunflower head (not including the petals)
  • The most sunflowers to bloom on one piece of land
To enter the competition, growers will need to submit photos of themselves standing next to their sunflowers, clearly showing the height and/or width against a measuring tape, or total number of sunflowers grown, by email to or by post to Communications, Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Halberry Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight.
The closing date for entries is Friday 15 September 2017, and winners will be announced on Isle of Wight Day, Saturday 23 September 2017.  For full terms and conditions visit

Terms and conditions:
The closing date of the competition is midnight UK time on 15 September, 2017. Entries submitted after this time will not be considered.
All entries must be submitted to via email ( with a photo of the sunflower(s) attached to the email. 
The sunflower should be measured in centimetres. In the photo, the ruler or tape measure used must be visible and legible. It should be positioned across the centre of the sunflower’s ‘face’ (i.e. not including petals) so the size can be verified.
To be eligible for the category of “most sunflowers to bloom”, sunflowers must all be in bloom together on one piece of land. Photo evidence must also be submitted, along with the number of sunflowers in bloom.
If your submitted sunflower picture contains images of children, please obtain the relevant consents in order for the photo to be posted on our website, or relevant marketing channels.
The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. 
Prizes are yet to be announced but there will be no alternatives to the prizes. They are as will be stated on our website and are non-transferable. 
The winners will be determined and notified by Saturday, 27 September 2017.
In the event of a tie, all entrants with the same measurement will be included in a draw made by an independent adjudicator and the winner will be deemed as the first entry drawn.
General conditions 
Any entry, which does not comply with the rules, may be deemed invalid at the sole discretion of Earl Mountbatten Hospice, which is not responsible for technical, hardware or software malfunctions, misdirected entries, lost or unavailable network connections, failed, incorrect, garbled, delayed electronic or other communications or other technical problems related to mobile entries. Proof of sending will not be deemed to be proof of delivery.
By entering the competition, entrants agree to abide by the terms and conditions. Entrants agree to participate in any press or other publicity relating to this competition, including Facebook and Twitter.
The Promoter is Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Halberry Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 2ER. Earl Mountbatten Hospice is an independent charity (1039086)

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