Hundreds of people gathered this afternoon to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones and help raise money for a local charity.
St Elizabeth Hospice’s annual summer remembrance event, Sunflower Memories, was attended by almost 300 local people, each of which had dedicated a sunflower emblem in the memory of someone special.
The hospice garden was decorated by a sea of sunflowers that were presented in sunny yellow wheelbarrows for guests to meander round. Tea and cake was served and ambient music also played to allow for peaceful reflection and encourage conversation.
Rachel Slattery, individual giving fundraiser at St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “Sunflower Memories is one of my favourite events and today has been really special. It’s so lovely to see people come together to share their memories of loved ones no longer with us and it’s a real pleasure to be able to offer them this opportunity.
“Our supporters each donated to the hospice in order to dedicate a sunflower and the vital funds we’ve raised through Sunflower Memories will be used by the hospice to care for those in our community living with a progressive or terminal illness. Many of our supporters have benefitted from the services we offer and their donations will be used to ensure we can continue to offer these, free of charge, to anyone in the local area that needs them.”
Those not able to attend today’s preview event will still be able to view the sunflowers as they will remain on display in the hospice garden until Sunday 2 September. Those wishing to view them simply need to turn up to the hospice reception over the coming weeks and ask to see them.
Sunflowers will be available for collection from the hospice reception from Tuesday 4 September where they can be taken away and placed somewhere special.
Sunflower Memories was kindly sponsored by Attwells Solicitors.