An avid Barnstaple gardener has been growing and selling flowers to support Ugandans in poverty.
Jackie Rudman, from Barnstaple, has raised £500 so far for the chairty Amigos through her home-grown blooms.
Local florists Alison Tranckle at Smallridges in Barnstaple, Kelly Stanier at Offshore Blooms in Braunton, and Deryn Northam at Twigs in Pilton are all selling Jackie’s flowers to support the work of the charity.
For the past two years, Jackie has raised £250 a year from her flower garden, and hopes to achieve the same again in 2018.
Jackie’s project keeps growing and Kay Adams, from The Retreat Beauty Salon in Barnstaple, has just ordered a weekly delivery of the locally grown flowers to support the cause.
Jackie’s granddaughter, Elsa Thomson, is also involved.
Jackie explains how the project evolved. She said: “My new garden was a blank canvas so I decided to create a cutting garden to supply fresh flowers each week.
“I went on a flower growing course and planted peonies, musk roses with beautiful fragrances, campanulas and agapanthus.
“After one season the garden was producing such an abundance of flowers I had them everywhere.
“I gave them away, but soon there were more flowers dying on their stems in the garden than I could ever use.
“It seemed to me this was a God-given picture of beautiful young lives in Africa fading away and dying in poverty because they were unable to change their situation.
“So I began to sell my flowers in support of the local charity, Amigos, because they work with young Ugandans teaching skills in agriculture and other trades.
“This gives young people the ability to take control of their lives, to work their way out of poverty, and to provide for their families without having to rely on handouts from charity.”
Jackie said she has had ‘tremendous’ support from local businesses, as well as people who buy from her garden gate.
Phil Pugsley, CEO of Amigos said: “It’s wonderful when people come up with such creative ideas to fundraise for Amigos, we are very appreciative of all Jackie does and she can be confident that her green fingers are changing lives 4000 miles away in Uganda.”
To find out more about Amigos see www.amigos.org.uk, call 01271 377664 or email firstname.lastname@example.org