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Bridal show blooms help raise funds for Yorkshire hospice

Harrogate Convention Centre


PLANT displays destined for the compost bins have been rescued to help raise funds for a Yorkshire hospice.

Organisers of the recent Harrogate Bridal Show handed over the plants to the team at Harrogate Convention Centre after the exhibition had finished its annual run at the venue in September.

Members of Harrogate Convention Centre team with some of the flowers
Picture shows: (L-R) Harrogate Convention Centre sales and event team members Faye Wardle, Roxanna Malik and Deborah Rolph

The plants, which had been on display throughout the prestigious industry event, were put up for sale amongst Convention Centre staff and brought in £75 for Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds.

Robert Penfold, venue services manager at the Convention Centre, said: “This was a brilliant gesture from the Harrogate Bridal team. They always make the venue look spectacular because they attract bridal industry exhibitors and buyers from all over the world.

“The flowers on many of the displays still had lots of life left in them and would have been a shame if they had just gone straight to compost.

“The money we raised will be going to Wheatfields because they did a wonderful job of looking after a former colleague of ours who passed away last year.

The Harrogate Bridal Show is one of the biggest annual shows on the Convention Centre’s calendar.

Show director, Wendy Adams said: “The 2017 show went really well and we had a lot of happy exhibitors once again in Harrogate, so this is the icing on the cake to know these plants are going to good homes while raising money for a very worthwhile cause.”

This year’s Bridal Show attracted more than 3000 buyers browsing around 350 collections.

The three-day event also included the annual Bridal Buyer Awards, attended by 600 of the wedding industry’s most well-known and up-and-coming names.


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