Join the Have a Lovely Time and NurtureStore Sunflower Challenge


Help a hospice bloom in June

HAVE a Lovely Time and NurtureStore have joined forces to help a hospice bloom in June.

Last year Cathy at NurtureStore had an amazing response to her Sunflower Club so she seemed the perfect lady to ask to come onboard for a fun initiative that's going to help people with life-limiting illnesses in the West Midlands.

We're asking you to dig in and join the fun to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes too.

There's a prize for the tallest sunflower, both for the individual grower and a school or group of their choice, and we hope to raise cash for Wolverhampton's Compton Hospice in the process. We've also arranged prizes for runners up – we hope you like the sound of them as much as we do!

Last year NurtureStore grew sunflowers in the garden and readers joined in the fun.

Once again this year, NurtureStore will offer lots of ideas to help your children have fun and learn along with us as well as supporting a charity in need of funds.

Sunflowers can help children learn about plants, animals, seasons, where food come from and how things grow, maths and science. The plants can also inspire us to be creative with art, crafts, words and songs. There’s no obligation to join in all the activities but you’re sure to find ideas your child will enjoy.

Go Yellow month

Our project coincides with Go Yellow Month in June. This is an annual event run by hospices across the country to raise awareness about their work. The sunflower is the national emblem of the hospice movement in the UK. I work with Compton Hospice on their marketing and publicity material so this is a project that is very close to my heart.  

I’ve also spent time with the bereavement support team at Compton to learn about the important work they do with children who have lost someone very dear to them. That work like so much the hospice does, is funded through donations, so we want to boost money available a little through our sunflower challenge.

Organiser Katie Love, says: "We felt this would create a fantastic visual tribute to the hospice, tying in both the national hospice emblem of the sunflower and our awareness month in June.

“Anyone entering online through Have a Lovely Time or NurtureStore can donate £2 through their designated JustGiving page and we will provide them with a packet of sunflower seeds.

"There are some great prizes on offer but we also hope anyone joining in will take great enjoyment from seeing their sunflower grow over the three months.”

How to enter:

1. We'd be delighted in you could donate a minimum* of £2** to our JustGiving page. * Any more is most welcome, if you aren't feeling the pinch already at a couple of quid. £1 pays for the seeds.

2. Register online at Compton's website, and email Katie Love at Compton Hospice (katielove[at] quoting your JustGiving reference number, telling her your name and address so that she can send you a packet of seeds. (Everyone needs the same seeds to see who does the best with them…)

3. With the help of Katie's information pack and Cathy's downloadable resources, grow your sunflower, measure it and tell us all about your success to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

4. Take a picture of you and yours with your blooming sunflowers so we can share your progess with readers of Have a Lovely Time and NurtureStore.


About Compton Hospice:

Compton supports people with life limiting illnesses and their carers and families. The team provides that support for free, caring for and reaching out to affected families not just in its home town of Wolverhampton but also Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, South Staffordshire and parts of Shropshire.

About Compton Hospice’s work with children:

Katie says:

Because children can’t always express their emotions easily, understanding how they are dealing with grief can be difficult.

It is common for children to want to be strong for their family, and it can be difficult for them to know who to turn to when they need support.

Our specialist families’ bereavement support workers talk to children one-to- one, and with their families, to help them work together through their shared grief.

We use puppets, games and art to help children express their feelings, and special memory jars and memory boxes to remember the person they’ve lost.

We can also support families in learning how to communicate better together.

Families’ bereavement support worker Ann Scanlon says: “We often think kids are resilient and bounce back after suffering a loss. Because they often display their grief differently to adults, we think they’re not going through the same emotional turmoil.

“But it’s so important to help them express their feelings, whether it be through art, words or actions, otherwise it can come out in other ways – or even affect them later in life.

“We help them join together with others in similar situations, giving them time to reflect, share their special memories and gain support.”



First prize: Family ticket to the Just So festival:

We are offering one lucky family the chance to win free day tickets to the festival – up to two adults and their children for either Saturday 20th August or Sunday 21st August. The prize includes free entry  and participation in all the festival activities.

The Just So Festival is a boutique, weekend-long festival of creativity aimed at children, young people and their families.

The Just So Festival is a million miles from your average family festival. We blend the fabulous festival experience with the very best UK arts activity for families, from theatre to dance, classical music to storytelling. We dreamt of a festival that was all about families, where all our children got painty and messy and sang and played instruments and danced in the woods, where they got involved in the arts on their own territory, on their own terms, with the beetles and the leaves and birds. Our dream came true for the first time in 2010 and our creative woodland adventures are set to continue in 2011.

Set in 65 acres of ancient English woodland in Staffordshire, festival families immerse themselves in music, art, cinema and dance in the beautiful natural landscape, There are no huge fields to overwhelm, or teenage hordes to navigate, but an enchanted forest to explore. Around every corner, behind ever tree, you could find an amazing light installation, some acoustic jazz in a woodland clearing, take part in some very messy art, or run into the Gruffalo.

In 2011, come and enjoy theatre and puppetry including ‘Flyaway Katie’ and ‘the Jumblies’, meet great children’s authors including David Lucas and the Etherington Brothers, and dance in the woods to Polly and the Billets Doux and the Zen Hussies. Just So Festival  2011 – let the wild rumpus start!

The Just So Festival 2011 is being held from 19-21 August at Barnswood, nr Leek, Staffordshire. Tickets are available from

More prizes:

These aren't in any order, we love them all. These will be awarded at the judges' discretion.

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Win a Family Ticket to Thinktank

We’ve got a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) to Thinktank up for grabs.

Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum offers an extraordinary, fun-packed day out for families and school groups. From steam engines to intestines, this exciting museum has over 200 hands-on displays on science and technology from the past, present and future. This includes the state-of-the-art Planetarium, where you can tour the night sky and fly through the galaxy without stepping a foot outside! With an ever-changing programme of demonstrations, workshops and events there is always something new to discover.


Maxi Micro Scooter/Mini Micro Scooter

Maxi-micro purple Depending on the age of the sunflower grower, we have either a Maxi Micro Scooter or Mini Micro Scooter to award as a prize.

Kids are clamouring to get their hands and feet on the all new Maxi Micro Scooter – the next generation in Micro Scooters available exclusively in the UK via:

The Maxi Micro Scooter is the ultimate scooter for kids aged six to 11, many of whom will have been dedicated fans of its smaller ‘sibling’ The Mini Micro Scooter, which since launch in 2004 has sold over 100,000 across the UK and has quickly become the coolest thing on wheels on the ‘scoot to school’. 

The Maxi Micro Scooter is a combination of innovative cool design and practicality.  It comes with a choice of fully adjustable either T-bar or funky ‘joy stick’ handle-bar and unique three-wheel and plastic kickboard construction which makes it robust, stable and easily maneuverable, enabling children to ‘surf’ the pavement.  Its popularity amongst kids is bound to be matched by the enthusiasm of their parents who will understand its value as an enduring present, that’s lightweight, portable and can be easily stored.  Plus, it promotes exercise and improves their children’s balance, coordination and independence

sgt.smith – Fair Trade, Personalised dinosaur top

Sgt smith '-saurus' top cut-outsgt.smith specialises in quality, personalised t-shirts for children and babies. Made with only the best fair trade cotton, each bespoke top is designed, hand-printed and carefully dispatched from their Peak District studio. 

There’s something to suit every child’s personality, as sgt.smith’s original ranges include pirate, dinosaur, dragon, space, wild-west and robot t-shirts. Each garment is personalised with the child’s name, such as ‘Tom-o-saurus’ the dinosaur or ‘Captain Olivia’ the pirate, and is available in sizes from new-born up to eight years old.

All items from the sgt.smith range are available to view and buy online at

School prizes:

Our overall winner also gets to nominate a school or organisation (such as Scouts or a playgroup) to win these prizes:


£100 voucher

Spotty Green Frog is a leading supplier of children’s gardening tools for use in schools and homes.  We sell robust, high quality tools for use by nursery, infant and junior schools.  These tools have been specifically designed for children.  Worm composters, patio containers, raised beds and other garden essentials are also available as well as our most recent addition, plug plants delivered ready for planting.


We also specialise in lifecycle products.  If you need a Grow Your Own Butterflies set or a voucher for extra caterpillars, we can help.


Payment by invoice is available for schools.Call on 01962 889460 or visit our site at


A Betula Jacquemontii Birch Tree from Boningale Nurseries

Established in the early 1960s, Boningale Nurseries is one of the leading suppliers to the British landscaping industry. We specialise in the supply of hardy nursery stock for use in the landscape market.


Compton Hospice's Bloom in June fundraising event page: Here you will find a PDF to download to register.

Sunflower Club ebook from NurtureStore

Sunflower Challenge 2011 JustGiving page

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If you're keen on finding more competitions, look here:

ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions.

** Please note you can also register without donating through our JustGiving page and pay just £1 for the seeds, but because of the admin involved for Katie and the minimum donation at JustGiving is £2, we have chosen this sum for online supporters as a minimum. This donation is entirely voluntary.

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