Snowdrops in full bloom for hospice campaign - The Evesham Observer

Snowdrops in full bloom for hospice campaign

Evesham Editorial 23rd Aug, 2018   0

A CHANCE to remember loved ones will be on offer this Bank Holiday weekend after more than 1,000 snowdrops were revealed in a special celebration garden.

The unique snowdrops – reminiscent of the poppies planted in the grounds of the Tower of London ini 2014 to commeorate the outbreak of the First World War – are part of a St Richard’s Hospice campaign encouraging people to celebrate someone or something special with a snowdrop

Handcrafted flowers have been installed around the base of St Andrew’s Spire, under the watchful eye of Snowdrop, one of the 30 eight-feet tall giraffe sculptures currently in position in the city as part of the Worcester Stands Tall project.

The snowdrops will be on display until Bank Holiday Monday as part of the Worcester Festival celebrations.




This is the second time the hospice has created a celebration garden; the first one in 2016 had the spire’s lawn covered in forget-me-nots.

At the end of the campaign, those who have secured a snowdrop – the symbol of St Richard’s – will be able to take them home as a keepsake or a gift.


The snowdrops have all been individually made by The British Iron Works in Oswestry.

Contributions to help create this installation will help fund St Richard’s care of patients, their loved ones and the bereaved in Worcestershire.

Event organiser Charlie Homer said: “Planting the snowdrop garden was a really joyful and poignant occasion. Not only is it a unique focal point for celebration and reflection, each snowdrop will bring great comfort to those who adopt one.

“There are still snowdrops available so we would encourage people to secure one as soon as possible.”

Michael Wigmore, distribution manager at sponsors Western Power Distribution, said: “We’re delighted to lend our support to help make this unique and special project happen.

“We have been honoured to support St Richard’s Hospice for a number of years and as a member of the local community we realise how important the hospice is to so many in the area and beyond.

“We were lucky enough to have a team of volunteers on the day who helped to create the celebration garden and believe that it is going to look spectacular and be a real focal point in Worcester.”

Donors will be invited to pick a flower from the garden on Monday, collect from the hospice or via post after the installation is taken down.

Visit www.strichards.org.uk/celebration-garden or call 01905 763963 to make a donation.

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