Beaumond House Hospice have launched a £100,000 fundraising campaign, Keep Our Hospice in Your Heart.
The aim is to plant 1,000 handmade hearts in the hospice garden featuring the first name of a loved one. They will be made by local potter Karen Chesney who will place them in the garden to create a spectacular display.
In the first week alone since announcing the new campaign over 100 hearts had been purchased.
Supporters will be invited along to see their heart once the installation is in underway. The hearts will remain in the garden until the autumn when they can be collected to keep.
Joy Mills, who late husband Maurice Cable was one of the founders of the hospice, put the first heart in place. The second was placed by Angela Perrett in memory of her mum Brenda Needham who was a much-loved patient at the hospice. The third one was put in place in memory of John Oldham, a former director and long-term supporter of Beaumond House.
One of the hearts was bought by James West, a supporter of Beaumond House in memory of his late Mother, Marie. James said “My Mum passed away at home as she wished, and this was made possible by the wonderful Hospice at Home team. Beaumond House were an amazing support to the whole family and we’ll never forget that”.
More details about how to reserve a heart can be found on www.beaumondhouse.co.uk/heartourhospice