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Stunning sunflower field raises £3,400 for charity

Adrian Williams

Adrian Williams

adrianw@baylismedia.co.uk

A field of sunflowers grown by Copas Traditional Turkeys farm has raised more than £3,400 for a good cause.

Copas decided to offer its sunflowers for free in exchange for a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Photos of the sunflowers garnered national media coverage and proved so popular, the team smashed their fundraising target of £200 for Macmillan.

Simon Windsor, one of the team members, said:

“We always have a period of time between crops for the soil to recover, but instead of using the usual chemicals, we used a catch crop to prevent weeds and prepare the seed bed for the next crop.

“The catch crop included sunflowers which grew exceptionally well and looked amazing.

“The reaction in the village was phenomenal so we thought it was a good opportunity to raise some money in support of Macmillan.”

The Copas team and family volunteered over the weekend to pick the sunflowers and man the field gate, selling the sunflowers for donations.

The team thought they would raise around £200, but thus far have raised £1,720. The company agreed that it would match the donations, doubling to the total to £3,440.

“Most of the team here have lost a loved one to cancer, so Macmillan is close to our hearts,” said Simon.

“With COVID, we’re hearing stories of delayed treatment and delayed diagnosis, so Macmillan needs our support more than ever.”

Ryan Howarth, Macmillan fundraising manager, said: “With coronavirus constantly in the headlines, cancer is in danger of becoming the ‘forgotten C’.

“But Copas Traditional Turkeys’ unique way of supporting us will help us be there for more people with cancer. We’re so grateful for their fundraising – what a fantastic achievement.”

The farm has become famous for its alpacas, which deter foxes and other predators away from the turkeys, keeping them safe as we approach the festive season.

Meanwhile, a Maidenhead artist has taken inspiration from the sunflower field for her latest piece of work.

Heidi Ramsay was driving when she spotted ‘a flash of yellow colour’ which was coming from the field.

After parking up and taking a picture of the landscape, she proceeded to paint the scenery and posted it on Facebook, where she received many positive responses.

Heidi is now taking commissions to paint the field and make a donation from that to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Heidi, who has also painted other Maidenhead landmarks such as the bridge and has had her work on display at the Heritage Centre before, said: “As a result of my work I received some very lovely comments and personal stories from people.

“As an artist you create work with a passion in the hope that it creates a connection with the viewer and evokes an emotion in them.

“Recent months have been difficult for all of us with the creative arts suffering.

“It is great that I find myself busy creating paintings that I hope people will cherish.”

To commission a painting like the one below, contact heidiramsay@btinternet.com

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