Red roses pay rent for hospice

ROSES From left, Mary Cornelius-Reid, Amy Collins and Naomi Cornelius-Reid

ROSES From left, Mary Cornelius-Reid, Amy Collins and Naomi Cornelius-Reid

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RATHER than taking money for land rented by a hospice, the landlady takes a dozen red roses.

But as this year Naomi House children’s hospice is celebrating its 15th anniversary, 15 roses were given to Mary Cornelius-Reid.

The rent for the land on which Naomi House is built has been a dozen red roses since the hospice opened in 1997.

On hand to present the bouquet was 11-year-old Amy Collins, who stays at the hospice for respite care.

She said: ‘I said thank you to Mary on behalf of everyone at Naomi House, for allowing this beautiful place to be built on her grounds.

‘I like coming to Naomi House because it’s fun.

‘They look after me well and the staff take me out to go ice skating, shopping, bowling and lots of fun things.’

Amy was joined by her parents, trustees of the charity and the Naomi House care team, for the presentation.

The charity, which built the hospice near Winchester, had struggled to find a good location.

Mrs Cornelius-Reid offered the land next to her care home on the condition the hospice was named after her daughter.

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