Naomi House rent paid with dozen red roses

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RENT in the form of a dozen red roses has been paid to keep a children’s hospice running.

Traditionally, landlady Mary Cornelius-Reid took the payment from Naomi House and Jacksplace on Midsummer’s Day.

But Mrs Cornelius-Reid died in January this year, and so this time the payment was taken by her daughter Naomi – after who the hospice is named.

Chris Robinson, chief executive of the hospices, said: ‘Mary was a great lover of tradition and it is wonderful that we can keep this tradition alive.

‘It was a special day for Naomi House and we look forward to welcoming the Cornelius-Reid family to Naomi House next Midsummer’s Day to receive our rent payment and see our newly-refurbished building.’

When it was decided to build Naomi House nearly two decades ago, the charity struggled to find a suitable and affordable location on which to site the hospice.

Mrs Cornelius-Reid offered the land next to her care home in Sutton Scotney.