From left, Hospice volunteer Mary Hindle with Marks & Spencer staff Ellie Holley, Helen Ross and Chris Birkenhead.
Floral gifts from Marks & Spencer are adding colour to East Cheshire Hospice and helping fund the cost of patient care.
Twice a week volunteers from the charity collect beautiful arrangements from the Handforth Dean store which have reached their sell-by date.
The flowers decorate the inpatient ward, Sunflower Centre and reception area while some are sold to visitors and staff in return for a donation.
Donations have raised £4,000 since the store started giving flowers to the Hospice a year ago.
Volunteer Mary Hindle, from Prestbury, said: “It’s a generous gesture by M & S and when I deliver the flowers to the Hospice, they bring great pleasure to patients, staff, visitors and volunteers.”
Hospice Volunteer Co-ordinator Helena Smith said: “We can’t thank M & S enough for their kind support. The flowers are of an amazing quality and bring so much cheer to the Hospice.
“One inpatient wanted to give her daughter flowers for her birthday and was so happy when she realised they were available here.
“It was a lovely moment and meant so much to her. Flowers are precious and bring colour and care, raising funds so we can look after our patients.”
Ellie Holley, Food Section Manager at M & S, Handforth, said: “We’re delighted to help East Cheshire Hospice as part of our on-going support for local charities. We value our role within the community and are glad flowers we can no longer sell to our customers make such a difference to Hospice patients.”