Thousands of graves – one mission: can you help place flower on every headstone at cemetery? (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Volunteers needed to help place a flower on every grave at Parkstone Cemetery for Easter Sunday
A WOMAN from Canford Heath is looking for donations and volunteers to put a flower on every grave in Parkstone Cemetery this Easter Sunday.
Rachael Edis, 27, will be joined by sister, Maria Day, 46, and friends, on Sunday, April 20, to place flowers on the thousands of headstones and plots that fill the cemetery, on Elgin Road.
She says that after making numerous visits to her mum, Linda Adamczyk’s headstone after losing lost her battle with cancer aged 64, in 2012, Rachael noticed that only some of the graves were adorned with flowers.
Rachael said: “I’ve never really visited a cemetery before but now I come to visit my mum’s headstone and you see some that are just empty, where they don’t have any relatives, or they’re just not able to visit.”
Rachael says that she wanted to change that and set up a Facebook event, called Parkstone Cemetery Easter Flowerthon, which has been signed by over 120 people who say they will join her on Sunday.
“Hopefully we will have enough to give a flower for every person in the cemetery for Easter Sunday, but it’s a big mission.
“I couldn’t do this by myself and so the response has been fantastic.”
She says that she would welcome as many people as possible to come along from 3pm on Easter Sunday, who can bring with them a bunch of flowers to share out among the headstones, to make it all look more colourful.
Rachael also said that she is looking for somebody who has a crane or heavy lifting machine, to help lift a stone fountain out of the family’s garden, to be donated to the charity, Lewis-Manning Hospice.
For more information, search for Parkstone Cemetery Easter Flowerthon on Facebook.
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