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Pensioner's marathon adventure

PUBLISHED: 10:43 14 May 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 03 July 2010

A NEW rose is being launched at Chelsea Flower Show on Monday to celebrate the achievements of a remarkable pensioner who completed a marathon charity challenge in Norfolk.

A NEW rose is being launched at Chelsea Flower Show on Monday to celebrate the achievements of a remarkable pensioner who completed a marathon charity challenge in Norfolk.

Heleneia Brierley was given just five months to live after being diagnosed with bowel cancer eight years ago, but has battled back from the brink of death.

Last summer, aged 68, she walked the full 65-mile length of Weavers Way from Cromer to Yarmouth, to raise money for the Nancy Oldfield Trust, which provides water-based activities on the Broads, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital which revived her after a heart attack, and Mid Essex Hospital in her home county.

The beautiful salmon pink rose, named Weavers Way, was bred by Attleborough rose-grower Amanda Beales, and is one of three new varieties family firm Peter Beales Roses is introducing at Chelsea next week.

They include dark red fragrant rose Highgrove which will have pride of place on a new pergola in Prince Charles' garden.

“Helenaie is an absolutely remarkable lady. She had bowel cancer several years ago and has been in remission since, and has taken on all these projects for charity and has achieved them, and we were thrilled when she asked us about a rose,” Ms Beales said.

“We have given her a beautiful rose that's highly scented. It's a cross between Aloah and Norwich Castle which result is quite predictable, and I was hoping we would get a salmon pink.”

Prince Charles had his first glimpse of the new Highgrove rose at the Sandringham Flower Show, and was struck by its beauty. It was bred by the late Colin Horner, a past president of the National Rose Association, and at that time was unnamed.

“Prince Charles loves dark red smelly roses and the suggestion was made, by the head nurseryman Olly Spencer, that they should have a rose to cover a magnificent new pergola that has replaced an ancient cedar tree, lost recently from his gardens.

“We were approached and had this perfect match. It has very large flowers of deep red with a citrus perfume.”

Prince Charles will visit the company's stand to view his rose on Monday afternoon, when a bloom will be presented to the Duchess of Cornwall.

The nursery is also launching Grosvenor House, a soft yellow shrub rose named in celebration of the famous London hotel on Park Lane. It will commemorate the hotel's 80th anniversary and the culmination of an extensive refurbishment.

Peter Beales' show exhibit will feature a striking wooden sculpture some six feet all, made by local craftsman Ben Mayes, representing the rose from bud to full bloom.


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