SUPPORTERS from across North Derbyshire have rallied behind Ashgate Hospicecare’s Forget-Me-Not Appeal to raise £117,300 in just eight weeks.
Since the appeal launched in May, 3,194 flowers have been dedicated in memory of someone special, with supporters receiving a custom-made flower for a suggested donation of £25.
The charity, which provides specialist end of life care to patients with complex palliative care needs across North Derbyshire, say they have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the response.
Jack Wood, Head of Fundraising at Ashgate Hospicecare, said:
“We are so grateful to all of our wonderful supporters who dedicated a flower and helped to raise vital funds for the hospice.
“Over the course of the appeal, we have had the privilege to speak to many of our supporters who have shared emotional stories about the people they are remembering. It is an honour to be able to provide our community with a way for them to mourn and celebrate the lives of their loved ones in a meaningful way.”
Throughout June, thousands of visitors enjoyed visiting the flowers on display within Chatsworth’s grounds.
Jack added: “We want to say a huge thank you to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire for hosting our flower display within the picturesque grounds of Chatsworth and to our sponsors, who have supported us every step of the way.
“We hope that everyone who has received a flower loves them as much as we do. Every penny raised helps to fund our specialist round-the-clock care to support families across North Derbyshire living with a life-limiting illness.”
With just a small number of the limited-edition flowers left, supporters are urged to act quickly to secure one. To dedicate a flower, visit www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk/forget-me-not or call the fundraising team on 01246 567250.