Re­mem­brance gar­den

For­get-Me-Not dis­play project launched at hospice

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Flow­ers pro­duced by the team who brought a sea of pop­pies to the Tower of Lon­don will give peo­ple the chance to re­mem­ber a loved one and are avail­able to pur­chase now, priced £25 each.

The hospice’s In Me­mo­riam Fundrais­ing Man­ager Vanessa How­den-Smith said: “Re­mem­ber­ing a loved one is a very per­sonal thing and The Hospice of St Fran­cis’ For­get Me Not Gar­den is a unique and spe­cial way to re­mem­ber and cel­e­brate the life of some­one im­por­tant to you.

“Af­ter see­ing the re­ac­tion that every­one had to the spec­tac­u­lar pop­pies that sur­rounded the Tower of Lon­don last year, we thought that it would be lovely if we could recre­ate some­thing sim­i­lar in the beau­ti­ful hospice grounds. For­get-Me-Nots, made by the same team, seemed like the per­fect choice.”

The 20-inch flow­ers, made from high qual­ity, weath­er­proof foamex, will be on dis­play to the pub­lic from mid-May to midJune, af­ter which time, those who have pur­chased one will be able to col­lect their flow­ers or have them sent to them as a spe­cial keep­sake.

Ms How­den-Smith added: “You don’t have to have had any as­so­ci­a­tion with the hospice. You can pur­chase as many flow­ers as you like to re­mem­ber who­ever you like or you can even buy one, as one lady did the other day, just be­cause you like For­getMe-Nots. Every­one who has pur­chased a flower will be able to take it home to dis­play in­doors or put in their gar­den to re­mind them of their loved one and the lives they shared to­gether.”

Jill Grim­wood, 57, from Water­side, Che­sham, is one of more than 200 peo­ple who have bought a For­get-Me-Not Flower so far. Ms Grim­wood has re­served one in mem­ory of her mum Hazel, who died at the hospice in Jan­uary last year.

She said: “I read about them in the hospice’s spring news­let­ter and thought what a lovely idea. Mum loved her gar­den, which would al­ways be full of flow­ers, in­clud­ing For­get-Me-Nots.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing the dis­play in the grounds of the hospice, when I come up for my weekly vol­un­teer­ing on the In­pa­tient Unit. When the dis­play has come to an end, I thought it would be nice to dis­play it on mum’s al­lot­ment, which was one of her favourite places to be and has now been taken over by another lady to en­joy.”

A team of more than 30 vol­un­teer gar­den­ers is about to start work on the dis­play, which will be de­signed to re­sem­ble a water­fall and river.

To re­serve a spe­cial For­get-Me-Not, com­plete an on­line or­der at www. stfran­cis.org.uk/ for­get­menot.

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