Beautiful and moving remembrance display to be unveiled at local hospice

July 2023


Swindon will host a stunning remembrance display featuring a thousand handmade roses in September, each one dedicated in memory of someone special who has died.

The poignant installation will be unveiled in Prospect Hospice’s gardens during its annual garden fete on Saturday 9 September.

Families are being invited to visit the display for free in the charity’s garden in Wroughton between Saturday 9 September and Sunday 1 October. The roses have been lovingly handcrafted and are available in four colours for a suggested donation of £30 each. The hospice’s director of patient services, Carolyn Bell, says “The installation is a special way for the community to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones who are no longer with us.”

“We are looking forward to sharing our ‘Remember Me’ roses display featuring a thousand handmade, recycled, metal roses – and what better place for it to be held than in the hospice garden before people take them home. The display will be stunning and incredibly poignant – it’s moving to think each one has been dedicated in memory of someone across Swindon and north east Wiltshire.

“We’re so grateful to everyone who has supported this so far and the donations will mean we can continue to provide vital care for local families. Even if you have never experienced hospice care, this is a wonderful way to cherish the memory of someone special. It’s not too late for you to be part of this installation by dedicating your own rose in memory of a loved one, just visit our website to find out how you can take part.”

After the display ends, those who have dedicated a rose will be able to collect it to keep and treasure in their home or garden as an ongoing tribute and memorial to their loved one.

Amongst those supporting the appeal are sisters Sara Osbourne and Samantha Easterbrook, who will be dedicating a rose in memory of their mum, Angie Garrett.

“When mum became ill, it had such an impact on all of us, but Prospect Hospice gave such amazing care to her and also offered us so much support as a family. Thanks to them, our young children have had a good experience of what death is like and we can’t thank them enough for that.

“We’ll be dedicating a pink and white ‘Remember Me’ rose in memory of our lovely mum and as a thank you to Prospect Hospice for the care they provide free of charge to this community.”

To dedicate a rose, click here or call the fundraising team on 01793 816161.

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