Date: 20 Mar 2020
Amount: £what you can give
Celebrate the first day of Spring by wearing a flowery shirt to your workplace or school and donating £2 to children’s health charity MedEquip4Kids.
The Vernal Equinox, which this year falls on 20 March, traditionally marks the beginning of the spring season. It’s when the trees grow new leaves, the first flowers come into bloom, and everything starts to look green and alive after the long darkness of winter. Just as plants need sunlight and water to grow, children need nurturing and support to be healthy and happy.
MedEquip4Kids improves children’s health by funding equipment not available from limited NHS resources. We believe every child deserves the best possible care, and that our minds are as important as our bodies. That’s why we’re delivering our Hummingbird Project to help tackle the crisis in young people’s mental health.
Our trained staff and volunteers are going into schools to deliver a programme of six workshops, which teach students ways to improve their happiness and wellbeing. The course was developed in partnership with psychologists at the University of Bolton and includes topics around Mental Health and Stigma, Happiness and Wellbeing, Resilience and Character Strengths, Growth Mindsets, Hope and Gratitude, and Mindfulness. We chose the Hummingbird as a symbol for our project because it represents the qualities of balance, persistence, resilience, lightness and enjoying the sweetness (nectar) of life.
“I enjoyed the mindfulness exercises. I learnt a lot about keeping happy. I think that it made me be happy. The project makes you know more about mental health problems and how to avoid them.” – Hummingbird student
All funds raised through #FloweryShirtDay will help us to deliver the Hummingbird Project to more children in local schools.
How to take part
Simply donate £2 and step out on 20th March in a flowery shirt of your choice. It could be anything from a Hawaiian shirt to a vintage rose print – as long as it’s floral, it’s good to go! You can donate your £2 as an individual or collect funds from your group and pay them in together below or via www.justgiving.com/campaign/floweryshirtday
Don’t own a flowery shirt? Why not buy a second-hand one from a charity shop? Or if you’re feeling creative, customise an old shirt with badges, cut-outs from fabric pinned or stuck on, iron-on transfers, stencilling, felt tips or fabric paints.