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IT was an­other mag­i­cal, emo­tional and com­pletely won­der­ful day at Wil­low Wood’s sec­ond But­ter­fly Mem­ory Re­lease – even the driz­zle couldn’t dampen the spir­its of those at­tend­ing.

Five hun­dred lovely but­ter­flies, in­clud­ing Painted Ladies, Pea­cocks, Brim­stones and Red Ad­mi­rals were re­leased into the beau­ti­ful gar­dens.

Eddy Inglis, one of Wil­low Wood’s chap­lains, gave a short bless­ing be­fore the crowds gath­ered there opened the spe­cially-de­signed but­ter­fly boxes.

Al­though some flew straight into the heav­ens many of the but­ter­flies chose to stay close.

As one young lady said: “I opened the box think­ing of my gran, who I’d ded­i­cated the but­ter­fly to.

“When it walked onto my hand and then flew to my shoul­der, where it stayed for what felt like min­utes, I re­ally felt blessed. It was like she was there with me.” ●

That sen­ti­ment was echoed by so many.

Each but­ter­fly rep­re­sented some­one very spe­cial, and watch­ing them fly brought a sense of peace and love.

Tears were shed, but it was a sur­pris­ingly uplift­ing and re­ally quite joy­ous oc­ca­sion.

One vis­i­tor to the hospice Face­book page left the mes­sage: “It was a beau­ti­ful oc­ca­sion. I felt priv­i­leged to have been part of it.”

As well as the But­ter­fly Re­lease, Satur­day also saw Wil­low Wood’s an­nual Sum­mer Fete.

There were 20 stalls sell­ing ev­ery­thing from bunting to bags, from choco­late to crafts and tak­ing in jew­ellery, toys, ac­ces­sories and much more.

Wil­low Wood had its own plant stall, sell­ing peren­ni­als raised from seeds or cut­tings taken from the gar­dens – a lovely way to take a lit­tle bit of Wil­low Wood home with you.

The bar­be­cue had queues from early in the morn­ing and hospice staff Sheila Col­lier and Pauline Chad­wick did a grand job flip­ping burg­ers and grilling sausages – al­though they did take a short break to cool down with a cheeky Pimms!

Hun­dreds, if not thou­sands of cups of tea or cof­fee were sold, along with de­li­cious cakes, and we mustn’t for­get Wil­low Wood’s fa­mous home­made cheese and onion pie, which went down a treat.

Wil­low Wood’s thanks go to ev­ery­one who at­tended, sup­ported or helped in any way.

A spe­cial thanks to Brakes who do­nated the burg­ers, to Joe’s Taxis who waived the cost of the minibus from the over­spill car park, to Ashton Sixth Form Col­lege for their sup­port, to the traders, to all staff and vol­un­teers who gave up their Satur­day to help, and to ev­ery­one who ded­i­cated a but­ter­fly in mem­ory of a loved one.

We ap­pre­ci­ate your sup­port more than words can say. ● OF­FI­CIAL MONTHLY MAG­A­ZINE

Sheila (seated) and Pauline man­ning the bar­be­cue at the Wil­low Wood Sum­mer Fete

A Pea­cock but­ter­fly in the Wil­low Wood gar­dens fol­low­ing the But­ter­fly Mem­ory Re­lease

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