A splash of colour helped supporters in the local community remember their loved ones and raise £10,000 towards the work of The Forever Friends Appeal.
Hundreds of people across the Royal United Hospital’s catchment area gave their support towards the Appeal’s first ever ‘A Flower to Remember’. The new fundraising initiative was launched at the beginning of summer, allowing families and friends to dedicate a flower in memory of their loved ones and have them planted in a quiet area of the RUH, for the public to view.
Jan Witt, In memory & Legacy Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, said “This was our first ever Flower to Remember appeal and we have been overwhelmed with the response, it seems to have captured everyone’s imagination and the reasons behind this support made it very special indeed”. The flowers looked so colourful in the hospital grounds and received many compliments from visitors.
To help celebrate and honour all those who have been remembered through a flower, A Time of reflection service was held on Saturday 26th September at St Philip & St James Church. Family and friends were invited and welcomed by Reverend Margaret Joyce, RUH Chaplain who took the service of dedication, followed with readings from hospital chaplain, Rev Philip Simpkins and Mrs Sarah Davies. The Appeal was extremely grateful to the Bradford on Avon Choral Society who accompanied the service and performed three short choral works, together with Tina Joyce who played the piano beautifully. After the service, church and appeal volunteers kindly helped by serving drinks and guiding supporters to their special named flower to take home with them as a personal memento.
Jan Witt continues “Seeing over 250 named flowers of parents, grandparents, children, husband, wives and dear friends displayed at the Church, was so moving and emotional, making it all so meaningful; this was what the Flower appeal was all about and everyone seemed very pleased to be part of it – a huge thank you to everyone who has taken part and helped support the RUH”