Rotary Foundation given a boost after St Ives sunflower competition

Ralph Rhodes with his sunflower entry

Ralph Rhodes with his sunflower entry - Credit: Archant

After weeks of sun, showers, and supervision, the winning entry in this year’s Rotary Club of St Ives sunflower competition has been announced.

Rotarians Sally Heffer and Iain Martin from Old Hurst took home the engraved trophy and bottles of bubbly, with their prized sunflower measuring 29cms across its head.

With plenty of impressive sunflowers on show this year, the runners-up, also announced at Slepe Hall on August 30, were Jim Murdoch, John Hughes, and Adrian Acton whose plants reached 24cm.

And youngsters also entered, including two-year-old Ralph Rhodes, who grew a sunflower spanning 20cms excluding petals.

Held in support of the Rotary Foundation, the event has raised close to £500, which will help to support nearby causes as well as national and international charities like the End Polio Now campaign.

Since 1979, Rotarians across the country has helped to immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries, and is now close to declaring the disease eradicated.