Bloomin’ great fundraiser

May Robertson at her stand where she was selling plants to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance charity
May Robertson at her stand where she was selling plants to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance charity
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A GREEN-FINGERED allotment owner is selling off her crop of prize-winning flowers to raise money for a special cause.

May Robertson took her beautiful bunches of dahlias to Hartlepool Horticultural Show, at the Borough Hall, on Saturday, where she won four third prizes and two second places.

The mum-of-three and grandmother-of-seven sold off £90 worth of the gorgeous blooms on the day, which she will give to the Great North Air Ambulance.

The 68-year-old, of Rillston Close, Naisberry Park, Hartlepool, added £10 of her own cash to round the charitable sum up to £100, but would like to make some extra pennies to give to the “very important cause”.

And the retired Hartlepool Borough Council disabled driver is now selling off her prize petals to any member of the public who would like to brighten up their home and donate some cash to the air ambulance to boot.

May, who has been growing flowers for the last 10 years and competing for five years, said: “They are lovely big flowers and anybody would be glad of them. All I ask is that they leave a donation for the Great North Air Ambulance because it’s a very important cause and they rely on charity to keep them going.

“I used to work as a disabled driver for the council and as part of my training I learnt how important the first hour after an accident is. It’s the difference between life and death and obviously the air ambulance plays a very important part of this.”

Anyone who would like a bunch of May’s dahlias should contact her after 5pm on (01429) 271715, or pop down to Allotment Five, Lane F, at Chester Road Allotments.