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Sow a Smile and spread happiness

Two Cheltenham schoolgirls have got people in 25 counties across the UK planting seeds to Sow a Smile.

It is just three weeks since friends Alexia Dunley and Tallulah Johnson, who are both 17 and in Year 12, came up with the idea of growing flowers to spread happiness to people who are vulnerable or struggling during lockdown.

Alexia said: "We wanted to do something to help our communities in some way. Tallulah had recently been planting sunflowers and the idea grew from there. We both live in the countryside and nature makes us happy, and we wanted a way to bring that to other people.

"Planting flowers is a symbol of hope and beauty and that's something we need to hold onto."

Both girls are encouraging people to either distribute them (obliging with social distancing rules) or plant them in an area where they are visible, such as their front gardens.

Ideally, they would love to see people plant sunflowers, as they are a symbol of happiness. But if that isn't possible, they would be happy to see any flowers. The hope is that, by summertime, the whole of the town (and country) will be covered in flowers.

In only three weeks, over 3000 seeds have been planted by people of all ages, across 25 counties. Now Alexia and Tallulah would like to see even more people Sow a Smile.

Alexia added: "It's Mental Health Awareness Week and this is something anyone of any age can do. Families can get involved and everyone can feel they're playing their part in spreading happiness."

You can keep up with the progress of the flowers on Twitter @smile_sow Instagram @sowasmile and Facebook @sowasmile2020 and using the hashtag #sowasmile

Alexia and Tallulah wold love to keep track of how many flowers are being shared and where they are being shared. They are encouraging anyone who takes part to fill in an online form to keep track of the progress of Sow a Smile. The link is: https://forms.gle/BjatKfZxjd1Zdvfs8 

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