We were delighted to join the Harkness Rose Company at the RHS Flower Show, to launch The Menopause Charity Rose.
The Menopause Charity Rose Launch
To launch The Menopause Charity Rose, CEO Jenny Haskey and Trustee Dr Radhika Vohra were joined by ambassadors Liz Earle, Michelle Griffith-Robinson and Kate Muir.
Olympian Michelle Griffith-Robinson said, “I am delighted to support The Menopause Charity, helping ensure everyone can access the information and support they deserve. The rose is beautiful and a great way to help further spread the message.”
Liz Earle said, “I’m so delighted to support The Menopause Charity, their work is absolutely invaluable in helping educate everyone understand menopause. The rose is lovely and a great way to help ensure even more women can access trusted information and support.”
Chair of the Harkness Rose Company, Philip Harkness shared how The Menopause Charity Rose was created, a process that takes eight years.
News of our launch was also shared globally as Lynn White and Dr Radhika Vohra joined the BBC News Channel live to talk about the rose.
The Menopause Charity rose attracted a host of familiar faces, who all admired its sweet fragrance and beauty. Alongside our ambassadors Joanna Lumley, Lisa Snowdon, Floella Benjamin and Michaela Strachan appeared; who all shared their personal experiences.
We were also delighted to discuss the impact menopause has on men with Bill Bailey, Linford Christie, Adil Ray and Piers Morgan. Linford Christie shared how important he feels it is for men to understand the changes so that they can recognise the symptoms and support the women in their lives.
Everyone agreed, alongside its beauty, the awareness that The Menopause Charity Rose will create is so vital.
Aid the conversation
Throughout the week, The Menopause Charity greeted the thousands of visitors who attended the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to aid the menopause conversation. There was plenty of laughter, a few tears but mainly healthy discussion, support and signposting to trusted information from The Menopause Charity.
The Menopause Charity also had the opportunity to speak with long time supporter, Helen Tomlinson, who was recently appointed as the Government’s Menopause Employment Champion. Helen is calling on more employers to develop menopause policies and support their staff. Given 1 in 10 women will leave work due to menopause symptoms, Helen spoke about the importance of supporting women in the workplace.
BBC RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Later in the week, Dame Mary Berry visited the stand to talk about her passion for roses with presenter Joe Swift for the BBC RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Brand Director Francesca White shared the exciting news about the launch of The Menopause Charity Rose, describing it as a really fragrant bush rose which is beautiful pink in colour.
The Menopause Charity Rose
The Menopause Charity Rose is available to buy from the Harkness Rose Company £2.50 from the sale of each rose will be paid to the charity. The funds raised will help the charity develop online and live chat services, to provide vital support to women and people experiencing menopause symptoms. It will also ensure that family, friends, co-workers, employers and health care professionals have the information and resources to provide appropriate support.