A very generous Noah’s Ark supporter has won first prize in The Sun’s Prettiest Rose in Britain competition and donated her winnings to the charity.

Winner of Prettiest Rose in Britain 2018Maggie Phillippson has scooped the £1,000 top prize in the newspaper’s annual competition with her magnificent ‘Tequila Sunrise’ (pictured right). She entered the rose at Aylett Nurseries in St Albans and, when she found out she’d come first, Maggie decided to gift the money to Noah’s Ark.

“I chose to give to Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice because it is very local to me,” said Maggie. “I have taken an interest in watching The Ark grow when I walk past and there is a great need for it. Also I wanted the money to go towards a garden as I think  plants can give  joy even when people are feeling low.”

Zahrah Undre, Fundraising & Database Officer at Noah’s Ark, accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity. “Maggie’s very generous gift will be used to buy a planter for the Sensory Garden at The Ark,” Zahrah explains. “Gardens are vital for the babies and children we support who have physical or sensory difficulties. We’re making sure that The Ark features lots of shrubs, herbs and flowers that will speak the senses so Maggie’s planter will contribute to this vibrant area of the hospice.”

Congratulations to Maggie on winning the prize and for her generosity!

To find out more about the four garden areas we’re creating at The Ark, take a look at What makes Noah’s Ark bloomin’ marvellous?