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Elm Park florist shuts up for Addup

PUBLISHED: 12:08 21 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:08 21 March 2018

Tina Death (left) owner of Elm Park Florists was presented with a certificate by Sheila Keeling (right) from charity Addup for her fundraising silence. Photo: Sheila Keeling

Tina Death (left) owner of Elm Park Florists was presented with a certificate by Sheila Keeling (right) from charity Addup for her fundraising silence. Photo: Sheila Keeling

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An Elm Park florist who is a renowned “chatterbox’ raised more than £400 for charity as she “shut up for Addup” and stayed silent for 12 hours.

Tina Death, owner of Elm Park Florists in Station Parade decided that to raise funds for the charity that supports and works with families living with with ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) by keeping quiet for her whole working day.

Tina said that it was tough, but that it was worth it.

She stayed silent from 7am till 7pm and said that even when she was out delivering flowers she kept a note in her pocket that explained she wasn’t being rude by not speaking, but that she was staying silent to raise money for charity.

The florist said she only slipped up once. When her grandson who works with her said that he doesn’t snore when he sleeps she couldn’t help herself and had to say “well how do you know that?” and for that she was given a £10 fine.

Sheila Keeling from Addup said: “It is wonderful that Tina decided to do this for our charity, she’s a bit of a renowned chatterbox around Elm Park but in a nice way and is always talking to people because of her work, so I know it must have been tough for her, but it is lovely that she thought of our charity and the money will really help with all the work we do.”

Tina told the Recorder: “It was all good fun, and it was more than worth it. It is a great cause, and the money will really help them with what they do.

“I started to feel a little lonely towards the end because I am so used to interacting with people but everyone was really supportive and we had some great donations from customers.”

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