A FUNDRAISING scheme at a popular Chirk tourist destination has helped to raise a huge sum for a Wrexham-based hospice.

In July, Chirk Castle became a temporary home to 1,000 metal sunflowers as part of a fundraising campaign for Nightingale House Hospice.

The sunflowers, provided by the British Ironwork Centre near Oswestry, were situated at the front of the castle and proved to be popular among the visitors.

Money raised from sales of the sunflowers and donations reached a total of £20,000.

The British Ironwork Centre’s involvement in the fundraising campaign comes as part of their Hospice Support Programme.

As part of the programme, the centre aims to help hospices all over the UK to raise a national total of £1 million for their causes this year.

To do this, it organised the ‘Forget Me Not’ appeal, whereby it supplied hospices all over the country with thousands of handcrafted metal flowers. for their individual campaigns

In 2018, the centre endorsed a total of six hospices to achieve a total of £179,000 through various ‘Forget Me Not’ campaigns, and this year, the aim is to exceed that amount.

Inspired by the colours representing each hospices’ branding and logo, every penny raised from the donations and sales of these flowers goes straight back into helping the hospices to achieve their individual goals.