Forget-Me-Not display project launched at hospice
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.