A man from Colchester who befriended and sexually abused a young child has been jailed for seven years.
Chelmsford: Festive Bouquet Helps Needy
An Chelmsford-based florist's festive bouquet is helping to raise much-needed funds for vulnerable people across the country this Christmas.
Flying Flowers has created the Christmas bouquet in aid of The Salvation Army, which supports the homeless, struggling families, and the elderly.
The internet florist will donate £2 from the sale of each £25.99 bouquet to the international organisation.
The festive arrangement features scented red freesia, red roses, Ming Fern and Gold Beargrass.
Major Ray Irving, The Salvation Army's Territorial Social Services secretary, said: "The Salvation Army has a long history of offering practical support to people who are vulnerable or in need and we are needed this Christmas more than ever.
"We rely on the generosity of others and are so grateful to Flying Flowers for creating a special charity Christmas bouquet. This means that people can buy festive flowers for that special someone whilst helping us help others."
The generous florist also raised more than £7,000 for charity last year with another of its popular Christmas bouquets.
Flying Flowers' brand manager, Tom Barker, said: "We love this time of year, when we can really spoil our loved ones.
"But it's even better when you know you're doing your bit for charity, too. That's why our experts have created the stunning Salvation Army Charity Bouquet, as it's a charity that's close to our - and our customers' - hearts. Hopefully we can raise just as much, if not more, than we did last year for such a worthy cause."
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