A giant daisy chain art installation has marked the start of a new fundraising campaign supporting the county's libraries. 

The Make a Difference with a Daisy campaign from Suffolk Libraries is to raise money for the 45 libraries across the county, and projects they run like the period poverty service and warm spaces project.

East Anglian Daily Times:

Framlingham artist Spadge Hopkins produced more than 100 individual metal daisies, which will be joined together to show the network of libraries and the support provided.

The campaign's official launch was held at The Food Museum in Stowmarket and will be on display until September. 

East Anglian Daily Times:

Bruce Leeke, chief executive of Suffolk Libraries, said: “Daisies, like our libraries, are a symbol of positivity which thrive in the most challenging of conditions and environments but still bring joy to many.

“We’re thrilled with how many people and organisations have already come forward to support our latest fundraising campaign and it’s really exciting to see the idea come together as we start to build our daisy chain! Everyone really can Make a Difference with a Daisy by supporting the work of Suffolk Libraries in connecting communities, tackling isolation and improving wellbeing across the county.”

Prisoners at HMP Warren Hill near Woodbridge, where Suffolk Libraries run a prison library, were involved in producing 200 metal stems for the installation.

East Anglian Daily Times:

Mr Hopkins, the artist behind the daisy chain, said: “I remember going to libraries as a child and I am really fond of them.

“I drew the daisies on my iPad and then cut them with a laser. They age beautifully as well.”

East Anglian Daily Times:

East Anglian Daily Times:

Last year’s fundraising campaign, Paw-sitivity, raised £25,000 and it is hoped a similar amount can be raised again.

The campaign is sponsored by Ipswich-based company SmartestEnergy.

Nicole Lee, SmartestEnergy charity ambassador, said: “We are thrilled to collaborate again building on our shared commitment to positive change.”