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Incredible Project Helps Brides Recycle Their Wedding Flowers Into Bouquets For Hospices

09/07/2015 15:29 BST | Updated 09/07/2015 15:59 BST

Weddings can be like black holes for your money. You spend a fortune on things that you use for one day then toss aside, namely the dress and the flowers.

Full Bloom aims to change that. They recycle wedding flowers, by sending them into hospices, assisted living facilities, care homes and nursing homes to brighten up patients' bedsides - and their days.

The founder is Shawn Chamberlain, who was inspired to start the organisation when she caught a glimpse into the room of a young mother while she was working at a hospice.

She picked some flowers from the hospice's garden and snuck them into the patient's room with the help of one of the nurses.

She wanted to continue to give patients beautiful bouquets without breaking the bank. Then the idea came to her - wedding flowers.

"My favourite part of it is creating something beautiful," says Chamberlain. "Last week we had 27 bouquets, and that's 27 patients that are going to have a little bit of sunshine next to their beds and I think that's amazing.

"I love getting the flowers from weddings, they're coming from very talented florists and as I'm taking them apart I can see the brides style or the colour she picked.

"Recycling that love is just giving more of that love. From the great party and now it's going to be something really special."

Kim Ransier is executive director of the Hospice of North Idaho and has Full Bloom deliver flowers to her patients. "It really does help when the staff takes flowers into the patients, to be able to stimulate some conversation," she says.

Chamberlain's motivations are simple: "It's catching. It's really easy to be kind, and it's really important to be kind, and I'm just trying to connect people and to help them serve in ways that they wouldn't think."