Operation Geranium

We are now close to the distribution of 5,000 Art Postcards, a commemorative 1st Series to celebrate the launch of Operation Geranium this year.

The postcards were designed by 3 Local Artists who answered the challenge to create Artworks from photographs collected by Age U.K staff and volunteers who delivered pots of donated Geraniums to the doorsteps of our most vulnerable and isolated residents during Lockdown.

The plants were sourced by Care In The Garden a Wootton Based Community Interest Company giving people with disabilities the right to work.

The Geranium was chosen as the plant is a symbol of Friendship and Good Health.

The idea was created by I.W.N.H.S employee Steve Double who curated an N.H.S Covid 19 Hospital Art Exhibition for Staff working at St Mary’s.

Steve Says The postcards will help Staff working relentlessly at the Hospital during the crisis to re connect with friends, and families, and have been delivered to most departments.

We have also enlisted the support of many Island Community groups to deliver postcards, as they have have made a heroic effort to support the N.H.S by looking after everyone.

These include the various community hubs like Aspire in Ryde, West Wight Swimming Pool in Freshwater, and Ventnor Exchange, Wight Aid, and many independent local businesses that have gone on line to deliver food and support people staying at home.

The Operation Geranium Project was one of many initiatives funded by The Coronavirus Crisis Appeal set up by Wight Aid and The I.W. High Sheriff Caroline Peel.

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