28th June 2018

Swathe of snowdrops will create hospice Celebration Garden


A stunning swathe of snowdrops will create a memorable celebration garden in Worcester this summer.

St Richard’s Hospice will plant over a thousand, hand crafted snowdrops on the lawns around the base of St Andrew’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 charity’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 flowers will be installed on Saturday, 11th August and be on display until Monday, 27th August as one of the visual highlights of the Worcester Festival.

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 Richard’s Hospice. The trail starts from St Andrew’s Spire where the St Richard’s own beautifully decorated giraffe will stand alongside the carpet of snowdrops.

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

Event organizer Charlie Homer said, “The snowdrops will create a memorable and stunning garden which will be an ideal focal point for celebration and reflection.  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 – the symbol of St Richard’s – this summer.”

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 or  call the Fundraising Team on 01905 763963.

The Celebration Garden is kindly sponsored by Western Power Distribution.

St Richard’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, Parkinson’s, and motor neurone disease as well as cancer.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and relies on donations for three quarters of its annual £8.8m income with the remainder from the NHS.

St Richard’s has launched the Build 2020 Appeal which aims to raise the final £1.4m 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 £5.3m.