Remember someone special with local hospice’s ‘Remember Me’ roses

May 2023


Finding a special way to mark the life of someone we love is often difficult and can feel lonely but one local charity is offering the community the opportunity to come together and remember those who are no longer with us with a new temporary art installation never seen in the area before.

Prospect Hospice will be hosting its ‘Remember Me’ roses art installation in their gardens in September to celebrate the lives and honour the memory of loved ones who have died.

The charity is inviting anyone in the community who would like to be involved to dedicate a beautiful rose, handcrafted from recycled metal, in memory of someone they would like to honour in return for a donation to the hospice. Each limited edition rose, available in a selection of four colours, will bear the name of the person being remembered. The roses will be displayed in the hospice’s gardens at the charity’s garden fete on Saturday 9 September and will remain on display throughout the month before it can be collected and displayed in a place of your own choice.

The ‘Remember Me’ roses are a perfect way to hold dear the memory of someone special and help support the work of Prospect Hospice at the same time. All funds raised through this campaign will go towards providing specialist end of life care for those who need it most.

Sinéad Nolan-Martin, whose husband Harry was cared for by the hospice, has already dedicated a rose in his memory which will form part of the display. She said “Harry touched many hearts. Our life together was short but our love and memories eternal. He inspired beauty and is the reason I’m grateful for life. I miss my sweet husband constantly, yet he’s with me in each way I honour his short but remarkable life.

“That’s why I’m dedicating a yellow rose to him as part of Prospect Hospice’s ‘Remember Me’ roses art display. To us, yellow symbolises hope, joy and peace; it was our wedding theme. It’s the perfect keepsake and I’m donating to a charity which supported us through our darkest days and never stopped, so that they can help other families like ours.”

On Saturday 9 September, during the hospice’s annual garden fete, the hospice’s touching and impressive art display will be revealed. Supporters are welcome to visit on the day of the fete and anytime following it to admire the beautiful roses at their leisure. After the display draws to a close at the end of September, you will have the opportunity to collect your rose as a keepsake to cherish at home.

Carolyn Bell, director of patient services, said: “We support many members of our community each year who are grieving after the death of someone close to them and they often want to find a small but significant way to remember them. We also know that, quite often, coming together to remember loved ones in a supportive environment can really help as we share our thoughts, feelings and experiences with others.

“Our ‘Remember Me’ roses community art installation is an opportunity for everyone in our community to come together and celebrate the lives of those who are no longer with us. Whether that person was cared for by the hospice or not, or whether their death was recent or some time ago, all are welcome to be part of this exhibition to remember loved ones.”

Talking about the impact it will have on the charity, she said: “We’re incredibly grateful to all those who support this new installation and the money raised from it will help the hospice to care for those in our community living with a terminal illness and also help support those who they leave behind.”

For more information about the ‘Remember Me’ roses, which have kindly been supported by Arval UK, or to dedicate a rose, click here.









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