Florist shop replaces 
stolen memorial flowers

Nichola Pritchard and Jane Hodgson in Granmea's Florist.
Nichola Pritchard and Jane Hodgson in Granmea's Florist.

A Daventry florist shop has presented £40 of flowers to a mother after memorial flowers left for her son were stolen.

Jane Hodgson told the Daventry Express two weeks ago how she was left outraged after thieves targeted the memorial, on the old railway footpath in Daventry, for her son Paul Geddes, who took his own life on August 18 last year.

But now Granmead’s Florist has stepped in to offer Mrs Hodgson its support after one of its customers left an anonymous £20 donation to replace the flowers.

Pete Collins, who runs the florist in Bowen Square, said he decided to match the donation. He said: “We feel badly for the lady. A lot of our flowers are used for grieving, and it is disgraceful to think someone would have taken them.”

Mrs Hodgson said she was completely surprised by the two donations. She said: “I would like to thank the person who left the money for their generosity as well as that of the Granmead, it is very unexpected but very much appreciated.”

The money will go to two bouquets to be prepared by staff in store, the first of which Mrs Hodgson has ordered in the colours of Coventry City football club as Mr Geddes was a devoted fan.