2017 was the seventh year of The Big Sunflower Project – participants included schools, community groups and charities, as well as those affected by centronuclear and myotubular myopathy, including many people who grew sunflowers in memory of Emil, who was diagnosed with myotubular myopathy and sadly passed away in 2016.
The Big Sunflower Project 2017 was possible because of seed donations from the following organisations who all donated seeds for free.
Also the Skipton Building Society who awarded the project £500 as part of their Grassroots Giving initiative.
Project participants were plotted on the project map – click a sunflower to learn who grew sunflowers in that location.
Project photos and stories
The aim of The Big Sunflower Project is to raise awareness of centronuclear and myotubular myopathy and the project does this, firstly by giving away sunflower seeds but also by sharing the photos and stories of project participants. Photos were received from 99 participants and these can be seen on the project Flickr and Instagram pages.
The project also received stories from some of our 2017 participants and these can be read below.
Sunflowers for Emil
This year many people took part in The Big Sunflower Project to remember Emil who was diagnosed with myotubular myopathy and sadly passed away in 2016.
On 19 February 2017, Emil would have turned three and his parents wanted to celebrate this special date with all their friends and family around the world by joining The Big Sunflower Project. The idea was to plant sunflower seeds to think about Emil and to raise awareness of centronuclear and myotubular myopathy, so sunflower seeds were planted in memory of Emil at a birthday breakfast and at the nursery where he attended.
As the summer progressed, the sunflowers grew and bloomed around the world in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Bavaria, the USA, Ecuador and the United Arab Emirates. What a beautiful way to remember a young life.
For further information about the project visit The Big Sunflower Project website.