Lucy’s Rose fundraiser

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A rose named after a young cancer survivor is being sold to raise funds for Ranui House in Christchurch.

The Timaru Host Lions Club is holding the Lucy’s Rose fundraiser at the Park Centre in the Timaru Botanic Gardens on Sunday (October 1) from 10am to 4pm, as part of the Spring Glory Extravaganza.

When Lucy Faulkner, of Maniototo, was 4 years old she was diagnosed with leukaemia and spent more than two years receiving treatment. Some of that time she lived with her family at Ranui House in Christchurch, which is owned and operated by the Bone Marrow Trust.

The house provides accommodation for out-of-town patients receiving treatment, and the trust is fundraising for a planned major capital expansion.

Lucy’s grandmother, Jane Faulkner, will be present at the Park Centre to explain the fundraising venture.

The roses, from the Tasman Bay Nursery, came from Germany and have been trialled for two years before being deemed suitable for New Zealand conditions. They are a pink bush rose with a delicate perfume. The roses will be selling at $32, of which $12 goes directly to Ranui House.