Sunflower Trail Supports Hospital for Third Year Running

The amazing team at Maiden Castle Farm have done Dorset County Hospital proud for the third year running.

Hazel Hoskin and the family have raised £15,400 for the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Dorset County Hospital from their Sunflower Trail last summer. This brings the total for the three sunflower events since 2021 to nearly £47,000.

Hazel visited the hospital recently to present her cheque to staff from the SCBU, many of whom she knows personally from when her oldest son, Thomas, was treated there when he was a baby.

SCBU Matron Debora Pascoal Horta said: “We are so grateful to Hazel and her family for this amazing donation – one of the ideas is to use the money to help refurbish the family rooms on the unit. We want to create an ensuite bathroom so that families staying overnight with their children have access to private facilities – this would make a real difference to them at a very difficult time.”

Simon Pearson, Head of Charity at Dorset County Hospital said: “This significant donation is the result of months of hard work by Hazel and everyone at Maiden Castle Farm for which we are extremely grateful. We would also like to  extend our thanks to everyone who visited the Dorset Sunflower Trail, and to Dorchester Town Council and all the local businesses who also contributed to the success of this event.”

Last year’s sunflower trails were breathtaking, and many thousands of people had the opportunity to stroll around and enjoy the beautiful walks through the sunflower fields. Hazel is already planning this year’s sunflower spectacular – more information will follow, but the event will be in aid of the DCH Charity Emergency and Critical Care Appeal, which is raising £2.5million to enhance the new Emergency and Critical Care Unit shortly to begin construction on the Dorset County Hospital site.

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