A stunning swathe of snowdrops will create a memorable celebration garden in Worcester this summer.
St Richardâ€™s Hospice will plant over a thousand, hand crafted snowdrops on the lawns around the base of St Andrewâ€™s Spire in the city this August.
The unique snowdrops will be reminiscent of the poppies planted in the grounds of the Tower of London and the charityâ€™s first Celebration Garden of forget-me-nots in 2016.
People are being encouraged to celebrate someone or something special with one of the beautiful snowdrops in the display, which they can later take home as a keepsake or a gift. The snowdrops are individually made by The British Iron Works in Oswestry.
The garden display also coincides with Worcester Stands Tall, the giraffe sculpture trail which is a Wild in Art project, brought to the city by St Richardâ€™s Hospice. The trail starts from St Andrewâ€™s Spire where the St Richardâ€™s own beautifully decorated giraffe will stand alongside the carpet of snowdrops.
Contributions to help create this installation will help fund St Richardâ€™s care of patients, their loved ones and the bereaved in Worcestershire.
Event organizer Charlie Homer said, â€śThe snowdrops will create a memorable and stunning garden which will be an ideal focal point for celebration and reflection.Â Forget-me-nots from our last celebration garden were incredibly popular and ended up in homes and gardens in Worcestershire and around the world. We are hoping that people will be just as keen to help us create this beautiful garden of snowdrops â€“ the symbol of St Richardâ€™s â€“ this summer.â€ť
Donors will be invited to pick a flower from the garden on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th August, collect from the hospice or via post after the installation is dismantled.
Secure a snowdrop online orÂ Â call the Fundraising Team on 01905 763963.
The Celebration Garden is kindly sponsored by Western Power Distribution.
St Richardâ€™s Hospice provides free specialist palliative and end of life care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,300 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.
The hospice strives to provide the best medical, practical, emotional and social support they can to help people live life to the fullest, as independently as they can, for as long as they can. They care for people with a range of illnesses including heart failure, Parkinsonâ€™s, and motor neurone disease as well as cancer.
St Richardâ€™s is an independent charity and relies on donations for three quarters of its annual ÂŁ8.8m income with the remainder from the NHS.
St Richardâ€™s has launched the Build 2020 Appeal which aims to raise the final ÂŁ1.4m needed to build a bigger hospice, enabling more patients and families to be cared for in Worcestershire.
The total cost for expanding and redeveloping the existing building in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, is ÂŁ5.3m.