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International flower artist arranges
1,842 for charity -        

          Judith Blacklock

Recently in 2002, seventy-two women from across Berkshire and Hampshire raised 1,842 for the Beech-Hill based charity Thrive.

The theme of the day was 'Bringing Spring Into Your Home', presented by author and international teacher Judith Blacklock. Judith has worked on Gardener's Question Time, Kensington Palace and created bouquets and arrangements for many royal events. She also runs the Judith Blacklock Flower School in Knightsbridge, opened last year.

"It was a delightful day, with everyone feeling so positive about Thrive
 and the work they do," said Judith. "I don't know which I enjoyed more - the flowers, the atmosphere or the fabulous lunch!"

 This was the second time that Judith Blacklock had come to Thrive with a seasonally themed course, this time based around daffodils, irises, orchids and ferns.

 The Head of Fundraising Christine Luff who helped to organise the day was delighted with the turn out.

 "Last year the course had a wonderful festive feel, with Christmas arrangements springing up everywhere," she said. "We were thrilled with the fifteen hundred pounds the day raised, which makes it so exciting that we made nearly nineteen hundred pounds this time around."

  "We're hoping for 'third time lucky'. Judith has kindly agreed to run a course with us next year; perhaps this time we'll break the magic 2,000 mark!"

 The event was co-sponsored by Burghfield Veterinary Surgery, Warranty Holdings Ltd. and Just Orchids.

 * Thrive enables disadvantaged, disabled and older people to participate fully in the social and economic life of the community, through gardening. In short, Thrive uses gardening and horticulture to enrich people's lives.

 * Thrive runs four garden projects and supports a network of over 1600 projects across the UK -where gardening is used for programmes of training and employment, therapy and health

 * Thrive provides expert advice on easier gardening - enabling thousands of older and disabled people to enjoy the benefits of gardening

 * Thrive also researches and promotes the benefits of horticultural activity - increasing understanding and awareness of the power gardening has to change people's lives.

For further information and pictures of Thrive's work contact:

 Elizabeth Hayden or Christine Luff on 0118 988 5688, email

 * Details of courses at the Judith Blacklock Flower School can be found at or by emailing



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