Forget Me Nots for loved ones lost

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Gloucester Cathedral to host poignant art display of Forget Me Nots dedicated in memory of loved ones lost

Thursday 5 March - Thursday 26 March 2020

You can dedicate a beautiful Forget Me Not in memory of a loved one to be planted in a stunning new art installation at Gloucester Cathedral.

Hundreds of metal flowers will form a poignant sculpture to go on display in the cloisters garden between March 5th and 26th 2020. Once the installation has ended, the flowers will be yours to keep as a lasting tribute. The money raised from the Forget Me Not Appeal will go towards Longfield Hospice’s work in the community.

One flower will be placed at the Cathedral in memory of Simon Bruton, a much-loved Husband, Dad and Grandpa, from Minchinhampton, who died in 2019 aged 71. His daughter Molly Bruton-Cox said: “When my Dad was diagnosed with cancer, it was a huge shock for us all as he had been such a fit and active man for so many years. As he became very ill, we didn’t want him to stay in hospital and thanks to Longfield, he was able to be cared for at home. Longfield’s Hospice at Home nurses were so amazing as they didn’t just look after Dad, they were there for us all too.”

Since Simon’s death in May, his wife Cilla has also received free bereavement counselling help from Longfield.

“Dad was such a big part of all our lives, and we were all devastated when we lost him, but we have so many happy memories to cherish. He was a wonderful husband, Dad and Grandpa to George, Rafferty and Hetty who was born just before he died,” Molly said.

“We are determined to keep his memory alive with our children and that’s why the Forget Me Not Appeal is so wonderful. It is another chance for us as a family to get together to remember Grandpa. The display at Gloucester Cathedral is such a lovely idea and we are really proud to support the campaign. The Forget Me Not is such a pretty flower and those three words just say it all really.”

Canon Andrew Braddock from Gloucester Cathedral said: “We are delighted to be supporting the wonderful work that Longfield Hospice does and to provide a place where families and friends can remember loved ones through the Forget Me Not display. Gloucester Cathedral, and especially its cloister gardens, have long provided a beautiful setting in which people may come to remember, pray and express their love for those who have died. The Forget Me Not display will provide a very special way of doing just that.”

You can dedicate a Forget Me Not for a suggested donation of £25. Anyone special can be remembered with the flowers, your loved one does not need to have been cared for by Longfield.

Longfield Hospice Chief Executive, Simon Bernstein, said: “It is fantastic to be working with Gloucester Cathedral on this poignant art sculpture. The hundreds of Forget Me Nots will look truly stunning in the Cathedral garden and we cannot wait to see them on display. The money raised from the Forget Me Not Appeal will go towards supporting families in need from our Hospice at Home service to Bereavement Counselling and Day Therapy.”

To order a flower, visit www.longfield.org.uk/forget-me-not-appeal or call 01453 886868

              

Image courtesy of Thousand Word Media

More Information

How Longfield Hospice helps in the community:

Hospice at Home provides specialist care and support for those who wish to die at home, with their family and familiar things around them.
Our nurses and healthcare assistants visit during the day and can be there at night, keeping patients comfortable during this difficult time. Each year, our Hospice at Home team make about 6,500 home visits, at a cost of nearly £1.5million. It costs £60 to provide one hour of care to someone.

Day Services at Longfield help people with the symptoms and restrictions of their life-limiting illness. We provide services to help with fatigue and breathlessness, mobility, communication and pain control. We also offer practical advice on things such as finances and benefits. A day in Longfield’s day therapy unit costs just over £200 per patient, but for many it is the most important day of their week.

Our counselling services support patients, carers and loved ones who are struggling with the emotional impact of a life-limiting illness. We offer bereavement counselling to help people who are dealing with grief. It costs us £40 to provide one patient with or bereaved person, offering a safe environment for them to explore their feelings and explore ways of coping with their situation.

We enable carers to live well, helping them better support the person they are looking after. We offer advice for family members or friends who can find it difficult to seek support whilst caring for someone with a life-limiting illness.

For more information on Longfield visit www.longfield.org.uk  

Media Contacts:

For Longfield Hospice media inquiries please call Jenny Eastwood on 07957955248 or email jenny@eastwooddigital.co.uk   

For Gloucester Cathedral media inquiries, please call Helen Jeffrey, Community Engagement and Social Responsibility Manager, on 01452 229838 or email  Helen.jeffrey@gloucestercathedral.org.uk  


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