THE SHAKESPEARE Hospice is saying it with flowers in the heart of Stratford.
A sea of handmade Forget-Me-Nots have been planted in a celebration garden outside the RST in memory of loved ones.
People can buy their own bespoke flower for a minimum donation of £20 which will all go to support the charity’s care of patients, their carers, and bereaved families.
The day hospice in Shottery will be opening for an extra day a week in order to meet the needs of increasing patients.
Last year the hospice helped 900 patients and their families – who often receive counselling from the team after their loved one has passed. As well as the day hospice team in Shottery, a team of ten staff provide care to those wanting to spend their last days at home with family.
Fundraiser Jo Reeves said: ” People in Stratford don’t necessarily know about the hospice in Shottery and the work our team do. The aim of the display is to create awareness as so many people are touched by cancer in one way or another and might need our help one day.”
Former patient Maureen Clarke visited the garden.
She said: “I was blown away by the beauty of the display. The Shakespeare Hospice has lifted my self-esteem and confidence. I’m proud to be part of the Forget Me Not Appeal.”
The display in the Bancroft Gardens will remain throughout Easter and the Shakespeare celebrations until April 23.
Jo and other volunteers will be on hand over Easter weekend to provide information to those interested in the charity’s work. Once dismantled, the flowers will continue to brighten up the hospice on Church Lane in Shottery where they will be available for contributors to collect.
Visit www.theshakespearehospice.org.uk/forget-me-not or call 01789 266852 to purchase a flower.