Our Midsummer’s Day tradition is honoured despite pandemic

This Midsummer’s Day, Kamala Limbu, our Matron and Registered Home Manager, and other team members of Sutton Manor were presented with a beautiful bouquet of a dozen red roses as annual rent from Naomi House & Jacksplace children’s hospice.

Kamala received the flowers from Joshua Lo, who regularly stays at Naomi House for respite care.

The 12 red roses have been presented every year since 1997, when Mary Cornelius-Reid AM MBE donated the land on her Sutton Manor estate for a children’s hospice to be built. The offer came with two conditions – that the hospice be named after her youngest daughter, Naomi, and that every Midsummer’s Day, the hospice pay a peppercorn rent of a dozen red roses.

Managing Director Naomi Cornelius-Reid said: “While it has been a crazy year, it is absolutely characteristic of Naomi House that they would remember and find a way to get the roses to us.

“It is such a precious tradition. I only hope people can remember how much their support is needed and continue to help them so they can keep doing the amazing work that they do.

“Heartfelt thanks to them from our family for keeping the tradition going.”

Naomi House & Jacksplace provide respite, end of life and post bereavement care to hundreds of life limited and life threatened children, young adults and their families from across central southern England.