A record-breaking £93,392 has been raised from the popular Tulips for Tapping – quadrupling the amount from last year’s event.
Tulip growers Mark and Susanne Eves, of Belmont Nurseries in Terrington St Clement, teamed-up with The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House to open a 28-acre tulip field near Roydon, King’s Lynn to the public for 10 days.
The event, held from April 21 to May 2, sold out within four days of the tickets being released.
The stunning display attracted more than 10,000 visitors and tulip enthusiasts, with many travelling long distances to view what is believed to be the only public tulip fields in the country.
Last year, Tulips for Tapping raised more than £21,500 for the Hillington-based hospice.
This year’s staggering total is the largest the hospice fundraising team has ever achieved from an event.
Around 75 hospice volunteers and local businesses gave their time to ensure the event was a success, and the catering team was involved in baking tulip-themed biscuits and cakes.
Mr and Mrs Eves said: “It is our pleasure and privilege to work alongside The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House for this amazing fundraising event.
“We only grow the tulips and much of the hard work comes from the fundraising team and all the volunteers that gave their time to help.
“We are truly astounded by the amount raised and humbled in knowing what a difference it will make to those people that are supported by the hospice.”
The hospice provides care services free of charge to families facing a life-limiting illness.
Lindsey Atkin, community and corporate fundraising manager at The Norfolk Hospice, said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Mark and Susanne once again for this special event and we are so thankful to them, our amazing volunteers and everyone who supported Tulips for Tapping.
“We are absolutely stunned by the total raised and still can’t quite believe it. It will make a huge difference after such a challenging couple of years.”
She thanked Michael Rae, Roydon Hall Farms and sponsor Stebbings Car Superstore, along with supporters Algeco, Baco Compak, Bawsey Country Park, Rudd Marquees, Rural Broadband and T M Browne.
The hospice also collaborated with Miffy, the white rabbit character which appears in the popular picture books by Dutch illustrator, Dick Bruna.
Miffy visited the field on bank holiday Monday and exclusive Miffy merchandise was sold throughout the event.
All the money raised will go towards the running costs of the hospice, which requires £7,500 per day to run.