The scheme was launched in 2007, originally at Gatwick Airport to identify anyone with a hidden diability that may mean they require extra assistance.
The sunflower has now become a well-known symbol for anyone that has a hidden disability to ‘discreetly indicate to people around the wearer including staff, colleagues and health professionals that they need additional support, help or a little more time’ (HiddenDisabilitiesSunflowerUK).
Many hidden disabilities come under the Government’s list for those exempt to wearing a face covering. Please take note if you see anyone with a sunflower lanyard, badge or card. It may mean they are assisting another and are therefore exempt also.
Please visit the Hidden Disabilities website for further information: https://hiddendisabilitiesstore.com/