Nearly 100 hospices across the UK will benefit from flowers donated by ASK Italian, after the restaurant chain cancelled its spring menu launch events due to COVID-19. The fresh flowers were already on order for the events so when plans were halted, ASK offered them to the hospices instead as a sign of appreciation.
Hospices in nearby communities will receive the free flower bouquets redirected from ASK Italian restaurants on Tuesday 24th March from Triangle Nursery, a family-run flower business based in Suffolk.
Tracey Bleakley, CEO of Hospice UK, said “This is a really difficult time for hospices, their patients and staff, and these flowers will cheer people up. It’s a wonderful gesture by ASK Italian, and shows that even in a crisis we often still have the ability to make things better for the people around us.”
Laura Lane at ASK Italian said “In amongst the disappointment of cancelling our spring events, we have been thinking a lot about those working around the clock to provide continuous care under such difficult circumstances. We hope these flowers can bring a little joy to the people in the hospices, both teams and patients alike. We’re really missing the social buzz in our restaurants while they’re temporarily closed but hope that through this challenging time we can all build a deeper sense of community – even if from a distance – and come back stronger for it.”