Throughout April and May, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice will be bringing six ‘pop-up’ displays of wrought iron forget-me-not flowers to locations throughout the city during its 40thanniversary year.
A local hospice’s Forget Me Not display will be blooming across the city this spring, to celebrate the lives of loved ones.
Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice’s Forget Me Not appeal is a unique way to remember and celebrate the lives of those who are no longer with us, by dedicating a stunning wrought-iron flower in their memory.
This year, the Hospice’s iconic blooms will be touring Birmingham, to commemorate the charity’s milestone anniversary, and to follow the routes nurses travel around the city providing care in people’s homes and in their communities.
As the tour is now in full swing, the next tour will ‘pop’ up at St Phillips Place in Colmore Row on Monday 15 April where visitors will be greeted by a host of ‘Pearce Pink’ forget-me-nots – named after the Hospice’s founder, Monica Pearce.
The display will then move to Bournville Green on Thursday 25 April and All Saints Square in Kings Heath on Friday 26 April, before settling in Northfield Shopping Centre on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 May.
As well as the pink creations, people will also be able to buy limited edition, 40thanniversary copper flowers online, which comes with a piece of parchment so people can write a lasting message to their special someone and store it safely within the flower.
Lucy Watkins, head of fundraising at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, said: “For the first time ever, we’re delighted to bring our annual Forget Me Not appeal into the heart of the communities where we provide our care and support every day.
“2019 is an extra special year for the Hospice, as it marks 40 years since we opened our doors and cared for our first patient on Monday 5 March 1979. To celebrate four decades of care, we have two striking flowers for people to purchase, which will create a beautiful lasting tribute to their loved ones.”
All funds raised from the Forget Me Not appeal will enable to the Hospice to continue to care for local people and their loved ones who are living with life-limiting illness.
Last year, the Forget Me Not campaign raised over £20k for the charity, which could help 400 people across Birmingham and Sandwell receive the expert care and support they need today.
It costs £8 million to run the Hospice each year – over 60 per cent of which must come from voluntary funding – so it really does rely on the generosity of local people to fund its crucial services.
The Hospice’s Pearce Pink flower costs £25 and the special edition copper flower costs £40. Flowers can be purchased at the touring displays or online, at: https://www.birminghamhospice.org.uk/forget-me-not-appeal-2019