Julia’s House patron, Martin Clunes, is bringing a big dose of sunshine to the local children’s hospice charity with the sale of sunflowers grown in his fields in Beaminster, West Dorset. The sunflowers will be available from local florists and farm shops with the proceeds helping Julia’s House continue its life-changing care for seriously ill children and families in the local community.

“The last two years have been so weird and difficult for everyone and every charity I know is struggling with so many of their usual fundraising activities limited or destroyed. It’s hard to imagine now the giant that Buckham Fair became – sixteen thousand people at the last one, along with their dogs and ponies. The fields are still up there with their beautiful views across Beaminster and out to sea.

Martin's first sunflower

“This year I have planted six acres of giant sunflowers and I’m going to sell them to raise some money for Julia’s House. We’ve never done anything like this before and now have a tense wait to see how the crop will grow.

Martin with his sunflowers

“Stick them in your garden or on your window sill and the birds will go nuts for the seeds (do you see what I did there?)”

The first batches of sunflowers are now available to buy at Rambling Rose Florist in Beaminster, Washingpool Farm Shop and Cafe, Rise Bakery and Framptons Butchers in Bridport, with people encouraged to make a donation to support our vital work.

Other local venues may be announced - keep an eye on our social media for more updates!