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Sunflower Memories 2017

Sunflower phtOur Sunflower Memories event for 2017 took place on 29th and 30th July this year, and was a great success. Hundreds came together for a colourful event to dedicate a beautiful sunflower memory marker to a loved one and celebrate cherished memories.

There is still time to dedicate a sunflower marker to a loved one by clicking the ‘donate’ link above. Your plaque will be placed in your chosen hospice grounds until 14th August, after which you will be invited to collect it to take home and cherish.

In return for a donation, 800 guests joined us for our Sunflower garden parties where they were welcomed to see their beautiful plaque displays, and relive their memories in the tranquillity of our gardens with music and light refreshments.

Together, we have so far raised an amazing £30,000 this year to support people living with an incurable illness in east Kent, with donations continuing to come in. We had more support from organisations and volunteers this year than ever before and a big thank you goes out to:

– The Westerleigh Group for their continued annual sponsorship of the appeal

– Westgate Garden Centre for donating seeds and compost

– Our amazing volunteers for growing 300 sunflowers from seed

– Best in Tents for lending the use of garden furniture at our Thanet and Canterbury events

– Jonny Hepbir, Thomas Abrahams and Rachel Vernall for playing guitar at the events at such discounted rates.

The sunflower memory markers will remain in the grounds of the three Pilgrims Hospices in Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet until 14th August.

Here’s a small selection of photos from this years’ events:

“Why I support Sunflower Memories”

Stella Mitchell supports Sunflower Memories each year by making a donation to name a sunflower in memory of her sister Annie.

“My sister Annie was no shrinking violet, she was fun, lively, incredibly zaney and once met never forgotten. When Annie found out her illness was terminal she was given the name of a Pilgrims nurse who she could phone at any time if she felt fearful or needed to talk – it gave her great comfort. As her carers we could call too – it gave us so much reassurance knowing we weren’t alone.”

Now, two years after our bereavement my husband Jim and I still feel supported – we’re looking forward to coming to our Sunflower Memories event held the hospice Annie was cared for.

“To be among other people who have gone through loss means a lot. We think about Ann all the time, and an event like Sunflower Memories really concentrates your mind. We take comfort in knowing that by giving to the event we are helping to make sure that other families like us can receive the care and peace of mind they need by the hospice.  It’s a way to say ‘thank you’ for all you do.”

Stella and Jim Mitchell

(Annie’s sister and brother-in- law)


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