Dove House Hospice celebrates 25 years with a floral display at Burton Constable Hall

Published: Thursday 20th July 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Stunning iron sunflowers will cover the grounds of Burton Constable Hall from Friday 21 July. Each one has raised money for Dove House Hospice.

We spoke to Anita Brien, Fundraising Coordinator for the charity, to find out more about these beautiful blooms.

“Each year, we run a Summer Memories event, where people can dedicate a wooden sunflower to a loved one,” explains Anita. “We thought we’d do something special for 2017, as it’s our 25th anniversary.”

The sunflower is the symbol for hospices around the UK and this year, instead of wood, the foliage has been crafted by a local ironmongers.

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“We worked with The Old Smithy to produce the bespoke sculptures,” enthuses Anita. “Each vibrant blue and yellow flower is two feet tall, with the leaves inscribed with a dedication. There are over 700 on display. They really are quite spectacular.”

On display at Burton Constable Hall and Grounds until Sunday 10 September, the flowers have provided much-needed fundraising for the Hull-based charity.

“We rely solely on these generous donations. So far, we have raised an incredible £25,000,” Anita tells us.

Dove House Hospice was officially opened in 1992 by HRH Diana, Princess of Wales. The charity provides care for adults with terminal illness in the Hull and East Yorkshire region. Dove House also supports families throughout the illness and after bereavement.

Coincidentally, The Burton Constable Foundation also turns 25 this year:

“The Hall provides the most beautiful backdrop for the display. We are delighted to be working with Dove House Hospice on this project,” Susan Hopkinson, Director of the Burton Constable Foundation, exclaims.

You can see the display as you drive up to the main entrance of the impressive Elizabethan mansion.

Each person to make a donation can receive one of the special flowers, and the leaves can be engraved and dedicated to a loved one” “After walking among the display, you can make a donation at the Hall,” Anita adds.

A suggested donation for the flowers is £30, plus £4.95 to cover postage and packaging. According to the Dove House website, a donation as little as this can mean a patient receiving comforting homemade meals during their stay at the hospice. The donation will also cover the £15 it cost to produce each flower.

Meanwhile, £50 provides an hour of ‘me time’, such as a relaxing massage for a relative or carer of a patient. A donation of £100 will allow the hospice to be there for the patient and families during the final moments.

You can donate to Dove House Hospice via their website. Meanwhile, visit the display at Burton Constable Hall for free along with an admission ticket.

For further information, please visit the Burton Constable Hall and Grounds website.

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Published: Thursday 20th July 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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