HUNDREDS of daisies have been planted to raise thousands of pounds for a valued charity.

A remarkable £16,478 was donated to St Helena Hospice after a fundraising event saw 277 daisies planted in the premises’ gardens in Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester.

On August 14, more than 180 people turned out at a garden party where all the daises were on display.

During the afternoon, people came together to reminisce and share treasured memories of loved ones, as well as enjoy cake and scones made by the hospice catering team.

One of north Essex’s most valued charity organisations, St Helena Hospice was formed in 1985 and runs largely off donations from members of the public and fundraisers.

Lizzie Deed, senior memory officer at the hospice, said the success of fundraiser was of great value to the charity.

She said: “We are thrilled with the success of the daisies and the number of people from our community who came together to see them displayed.

“It gave us the chance to meet some of our new supporters, catch up with those we know, and share in everyone’s memories over a slice of cake and a cup of tea.

“We are so grateful for their kind support.”