A family-owned florist from Birmingham has been putting smiles on the faces of NHS staff by giving away bouquets of flowers.
Staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital were surprised with more than 1,500 bouquets from Bloom 2B yesterday afternoon.
Mark Fitzpatrick, who owns Bloom 2B in Birmingham and Flower Factory in Southampton has donated more than 5,000 bouquets to NHS staff in the past week. He says,
“We’ve had nurses who have been tired, emotional and so thankful for the small gesture. One was brought to tears by two patients who were frustrated and verbally abusive and she said the flowers really brightened up her day. If I can put a smile on the faces of those that are doing so much for us, then my job is done”Mark Fitzpatrick, owner of Flower Factory and Bloom 2B
His daughter, Jess Fitzpatrick has been co-ordinating the deliveries in the Midlands and says, “a lot of these flowers, if they can’t be sold are normally burned by our suppliers, which seems crazy – we’d rather put them in the homes of good people”.
Jess says staff at the QE yesterday were “absolutely over the moon” and it’s her family’s way of saying ‘thank-you’ to staff working on the frontline of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Jess and her cousin Brett, who helps run Bloom 2B and several market-stalls in Leamington, hope to brighten-up more faces today, with a further 1,500 bouquets being delivered to staff at Solihull Hospital.