Plumber raising money for Ukraine through sunflower seed kits

Martham plumber selling sunflower growing kits for Ukraine

Plumber Stuart Jones with his partner Aimee and his two children Ellie and Harry, and (inset) one of the sunflower growing kits being sold to support the people of Ukraine via the Disasters Emergency Committee. - Credit: supplied by Stuart Jones

A plumber has sourced and assembled sunflower growing kits to help the people of Ukraine.

Stuart Jones, of Persimmon Gardens, Martham, said he was so affected by the unfolding crisis since the Russian invasion he had to do something.

With the association with sunflowers and Ukraine growing as a symbol of peace and solidarity the 30-year-old hit on the idea of selling kits so people could grow their own.

Sunflowers for Ukraine has been set up by Martham plumber Stuart Jones

The sunflower kits include one pot, one packet of seeds, one compost disc and growing instructions. They have been created by plumber Stuart Jones to support the people of Ukraine. - Credit: supplied by Stuart Jones

In just a few days he was able to source all the materials he needed at cost price or free so virtually all the money could be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee.

With 180 kits at £5 each flying off the shelves he has ordered 150 more and is looking for more outlets that are willing to take them, particularly in Great Yarmouth.

So far they are being sold at the Tacons farm shop in Rollesby, Colman's Farm in Ormesby, and at Filby Post Office, and can be posted  to homes for a fee.

Mr Jones, a plumber with Filby-based DCS East Anglia, said he had never done anything like this before but had a strong desire to act, helped by his fiancee Aimee and his two children Ellie, aged six, and four-year-old Harry.

Stuart Jones from Martham is selling sunflower growing kits of Ukraine

Stuart Jones with his partner Aimee and his two children Ellie and Harry. Mr Jones has created sunflower growing kits to support the people of Ukraine harnessing the positivity of its unofficial national flower. - Credit: supplied by Stuart Jones

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He thanked everyone who had helped him including gardeningforkids in Haverhill which had supplied the pots, Skippers print and design of Rollesby for the labels, and Bagman of Cantley for the bags.

To find out more search Flowers for Ukraine on Facebook or call Mr Jones on 07809629783.

The EDP has launched an appeal to show Norfolk cares about the war in Ukraine.

The DEC said £30 could provide essential hygiene supplies for three people for one month, £50 could provide blankets for four families and £100 could provide emergency food for two families for one month.

To support the EDP's appeal simply donate by visiting justgiving.com/fundraising/edp-ukraine and raise awareness by sharing it on social media platforms.

You could also hold a sponsored event to help raise funds Ukraine crisis by holding a bake sale, coffee morning, garage sale, walking or by taking part in a sport challenge such as cycling or running a marathon.

For more ideas visit justgiving.com/fundraise