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Flower power raises Mercy Ships funds in Hitchin

PUBLISHED: 12:23 31 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:48 20 February 2013

Flower power raises Mercy Ships funds in Hitchin

Flower power raises Mercy Ships funds in Hitchin

Renowned international florist, Barry Grey, is to host a master-class and demonstration evening in aid of Mercy Ships, the international charity that provides free medical care and humanitarian aid to some of the world's poorest people.

Renowned international florist, Barry Grey, is to host a master-class and demonstration evening in Hertfordshire, in aid of Mercy Ships, the international charity that provides free medical care and humanitarian aid to some of the worlds poorest people.

Surrey-born Barry, who now lives in Eaton, Cheshire, has over 40 years of experience in floral design and is set to dazzle and inspire green fingered residents in Hertfordshire this September.A National Demonstrator for the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies, his demonstrations, artistic talent and inspirational designs are much sought after and in the UK and Ireland.

The Inner Wheel of Hitchin, which has organised both events, hopes to raise up to 2,000 through a raffle and donations which will go towards transforming the lives of people in Western Africa.

Mercy Ships runs the worlds largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy staffed with an international crew of volunteer doctors, nurses, engineers and agriculturists which visits ports in some of the worlds poorest countries. Over the last 32 years, it has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at 530million and impacting about 2.9million people.

Barry said, I am very excited about coming to Hitchin to demonstrate. It is particularly pleasing that the event is being used to support Mercy Ships which is such a worthwhile charity and helps to improve the lives of many sick people in Africa. I am sure the event will be extremely well supported and I hope that donors and guests will enjoy my latest designs. I know that the Hitchin Inner Wheel is working very hard to make it a successful occasion.

Penny Brook, President of the Inner Wheel Club of Hitchin, commented, Were thrilled to have an artist of international repute hosting our events. Barry is committed to helping improve floral skills and to developing up-to-the-minute techniques for creating both contemporary and classical designs.Hes a master of floral design and these evenings are not to be missed.

Those who have seen Barry working before will know that it will be a really enjoyable and inspirational evening.Tickets are strictly limited and we expect them to sell out very quickly indeed. They are available on a first come first served basis so Id urge interested participants to get in touch now.

An Evening of Floral Design with Barry Grey , A Jewel Set in Natures Crown, takes place on Wednesday 12 September at the Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin from 7.30pm and tickets cost 15 per person. To book please call the Queen Mother Theatre Box Office on 01462 455166.

The Masterclass takes place on Thursday 13 September at St Ippolyts Village Hall, Hitchin from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are 75 per person and include refreshments, lunch, containers, plant materials and sundry requirements. For book please contact Penny Brook on 01462 450223 or email


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