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Dragonflies make vibrant Celebration Garden display

12th August 2019

A stunning flight of dragonflies created a memorable celebration garden in Worcester which will be on display for the next two weeks.

St Richard’s Hospice planted over a thousand, hand-crafted dragonflies on the lawns around the base of St Andrew’s Spire in the city on Saturday, 10th August.

The unique dragonfly display follows the success of the charity’s previous Celebration Garden of forget-me-nots and snowdrops.

People are being encouraged to celebrate someone or something special with one of the beautiful dragonflies in the display, which they can later take home as a keepsake or a gift. The dragonflies are individually made by The British Iron Work Centre in Oswestry, uniquely commissioned for St Richard’s Hospice.

The flowers will be on display until Monday, 26th August.

Contributions to help create this installation will help fund St Richard’s care of patients, their loved ones and the bereaved in Worcestershire.

Jayne Sargeant, St Richard’s Hospice Fundraiser, said: “We had a great time on Saturday, creating our beautiful display of dragonflies around St Andrew’s Spire.

“The display looks incredible and creates a meaningful focal point for reflection – and celebration of loved ones.

“We are grateful to the brilliant team of volunteers – including a group from garden sponsors Western Power Distribution – who braved the rain to help ‘plant’ each dragonfly.

She added, “Dragonflies hold a special place in the hearts of St Richard’s families. In almost every part of the world the dragonfly symbolises change and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.

“St Richard’s runs a Dragonfly Group to help bereaved children and young people, together with their parent or carer through professional support and offers an opportunity to share their experiences with others in a similar situation.”

Donors will be invited to pick a flower from the garden on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August, collect from the hospice or via post after the installation is dismantled.

To secure a dragonfly please visit www.strichards.org.uk/celebration-garden or call the Fundraising Team on 01905 763963.

The Celebration Garden is kindly sponsored by Western Power Distribution and supported by Worcester City Council. The display coincides with the Worcester Festival.

Watch the ITV Central News film of the Celebration Garden here