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Lonely bouquet becomes birthday treat in global flower-sharing bid

Andy and Helen Brown, of Budz By Helen Jane, left the bouquet on a bench in Adlington

Andy and Helen Brown, of Budz By Helen Jane, left the bouquet on a bench in Adlington

 

A campaign to spread happiness one flower at a time proved to be a hit with one lucky lady.

On a rainy afternoon, husband-and-wife team Helen and Andy Brown, of Budz By Helen Jane, decided to take part in the international Lonely Bouquet scheme.

It started last year and sees bouquets left in public places for someone to claim and encourage them to visit their local florist.

Helen made a bouquet at her shop on Church Street, Adlington, and labelled it, ‘Adopt me please’, with a note asking for the new owner to get in touch.

She said: “We put it on a bench near the shop so we could see from a distance.

“I realised 20 minutes later it had gone. I didn’t see who had taken it.

“We didn’t hear anything and I thought, at least it had brightened someone’s day.”

But a couple of days later, Helen and Andy received a note through the door from the person who claimed the flowers. It said: “What a beautiful bouquet I found seated on a bench, made my day but more importantly it’s made my mother’s 75th birthday even more special. It’s as if it was meant to be. Such a wonderful idea that brought a ray of sunshine our way.”

The letter was signed by Denise Wood, from Blackrod.

Helen said: “I put on the card that I would really like to know that it had found a home, but I didn’t really expect to get anything back.

“It was really nice.”

Flower lovers could soon find their own lonely bouquet as Helen plans to leave another bunch somewhere.

She said: “It will be a way for people to get some flowers for free and learn about our business.

“I think I will do it randomly and will probably leave it in a different place next time.”

 

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