“It’s a way to say ‘thank you’ for all Pilgrims does

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

“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 at the hospice where Annie was cared for.

To be among other people who have gone through loss means a lot. We think about Annie 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 from Pilgrims that they need. It’s a way to say ‘thank you’ for all Pilgrims do.”

Pictured: Stella and Jim Mitchell (Annie’s sister and brother-in- law).