AS part of Woodlands Hospice’s annual Forget-me-not campaign, flowers are now being placed on display in the hospice’s gardens to coincide with the recent collection weekend.
People can choose to dedicate the traditional metal garden blooms and plant a striking steel flower at home or go virtual via the online meadow option and help fill the online field with flowers.
If you’ve not yet dedicated your forget-me-not in memory of a loved one it’s not too late.
Just go to the link and the end of this story to do so or alternatively call Carole Riley on 0151 529 4143 to make a dedication over the phone.
The proceeds of the Forget-me-not campaign support the work of the hospice to helps patients and their families living with life-limiting illnesses. People like Pat Parker who is supporting this years’ campaign alongside her grandchildren Scarlet, seven, Lucas, six and Amber, three.
Pat and her family have experienced the care and support Woodlands Hospice has to offer after her husband, Allan’s five-and-a-half year battle with Motor Neurone Disease.
Pat recalls from the first week of Allan’s diagnosis how Woodlands took them as a family under their wings never leaving their sides throughout that journey and beyond.
Pat described their experience of support at Woodlands Hospice, saying: “All the staff and volunteers were incredible. Allan and I made some wonderful friendships not only with the staff but also other patients.
“We can’t thank the hospice enough and can only describe them as a giant hug of holistic support, love, care, compassion and friendship. They’re in our hearts forever.”
Allan sadly passed away in November 2019. Pat and her family are still able to receive care and bereavement support from the hospice’s Patient and Family Services Team.
Woodlands Hospice ‘Individual Giving’ manager Carole Riley, who organises the annual Forget-me-not campaign, said: “This popular campaign transforms our hospice gardens over the summer with each flower on display being a heartfelt dedication to someone special.
“It is just as beautiful to watch our virtual meadow online fill with a beautiful blue haze of tributes, photos and heart-warming messages to loved ones who may be gone but are certainly not forgotten.”
The collection weekend took place between August 5-7, to allow all those who have chosen a metal flower to go along and view them on display in the hospice gardens and collect their own to take home and keep. There is also an option for flowers to be posted for those who would prefer this for a postage and packing cost.
Carole added: “Whether you dedicate a flower through a beautiful handcrafted flower or online in our virtual meadow, all the proceeds from your dedication help towards raising the £4,000 we need each day to continue supporting our patients and their families.”
To dedicate either a virtual or steel Forget-me-not to a loved one, or to find out more visit www.woodlandshospice.org/forget-me-not