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British Empire Medal handed to Peckham community champion for ‘seeds of hope’ idea

A Peckham community champion has been given a British Empire Medal for her idea to hand out millions of ‘seeds of hope’.

Rose Morgan, who works for Morrisons in Peckham, had the idea of handing out sunflower seeds to local schools and care homes among others, to give people hope amid the latest lockdown.

Chief executive David Potts agreed and the plan was rolled out across every Morrisons shop in the country, with millions of seeds given out,

Rose Morgan BEM, Community Champion at Morrisons Peckham, said: “This recognition is such an honour. When everyone was emerging from lockdown after such a difficult time, I wanted to give my customers fresh hope and food for the heart by putting smiles on as many faces as possible.

“I had the idea of using sunflower seeds to represent this new beginning and so emailed David our CEO to share it with him and I’m so glad he liked it – I am incredibly proud that I got to spread this message and it touched so many people this year with a much needed moment of joy and hope.”

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