A FLORIST from York who has created a display for The Queen, will host an event in support of charity this weekend.

Fiona Hogg will be the guest speaker at the Stunning Summer Evening of Flowers and Inspiration event in Dunnington, in aid of the NSPCC on Saturday.

Fiona has been a florist since 1993, and has worked around the country designing flowers for weddings and events, with clients including the BBC, Homes and Gardens Magazine, The Canadian Embassy and Her Majesty, and will demonstrate how flower arrangements can visually, and through scent and taste enhance any home or event.

She will also share her thoughts on essential oils and how wild roses from the hedgerows can make rose petal jam, at the fundraiser at The Reading Rooms in Church Street, Dunnington, which also features a buffet supper, stalls and a raffle.

Kay Federico is chair of the Dunnington NSPCC Committee, and said: "We are so grateful to Fiona for kindly giving up her time for such a worthy cause, I am sure the evening will not only be fun, full of top tips for those of us who love our floral displays but also inspirational.It makes it doubly special that whilst having such an enjoyable time we will be helping to make a difference to so many children’s lives."

Fiona said: "I agreed to do this demonstration because of a wonderful lady, my former landlady when I first started out, Mrs Eve McHugh who asked me to do my first ever public demonstration about 25 years ago.

"We are a very busy wedding florist and giving up my evenings- especially Saturdays - as I am sure you can imagine is not easy but I thought it was so fitting for me to have done my first and last demonstration for the Dunnington NSPCC, Committee."

Elaine Kaye, NSPCC local fundraising manager, said: "I am really looking forward to what promises to be a really special event. Fiona’s creations are so beautiful and I know it will be fascinating to hear what inspires her. We hope to raise a hugely impressive amount of money for the NSPCC, which will help the charity reach even more children."

Tickets cost £9 and are available from Chriss Carr on 01904 488338 or Saida Griffiths on 01904 488418.