Remember a loved one this Christmas

The Ayrshire Hospice is launching a new appeal where supporters can purchase a beautiful steel forget-me-not ornament in memory of a loved one and in aid of the local charity.  

Ron Swanson, Assistant Fundraising Manager at Ayrshire Hospice said “2020 has been a difficult year for everyone and also a reflective time for many. One of the most heartbreaking aspects of the current Covid-19 restrictions is that many people have sadly been unable to attend funeral services which can be increasingly difficult for bereaved families.

“As we approach Christmas, we are proud to launch our first forget-me-not appeal to remember loved ones in a personal way at what can be a very poignant time of year while raising much needed funds for our local hospice during the current pandemic.”

For every donation of £25 you will receive 1 forget-me-not and all contributions will be gratefully received towards the round-the-clock care and services delivered across the community by Ayrshire Hospice.  To make a donation towards 1 of the lovely forget-me-nots in memory of a loved one, please either phone the fundraising office on 01292 288488 or visit www.ayrshirehospice.org/donate/forget-me-not-appeal/25/credit-card to order yours today.

Supporters will be able to arrange to collect their forget-me-not from the fundraising office (Miller Road, Ayr) before Christmas so they can put in their own garden or at the memorial of a loved one if they wish. 

The Ayrshire Hospice had hoped to have a ‘memory meadow’ display of forget-me-nots at The Dick Institute in Kilmarnock thanks to the support of East Ayrshire Leisure however due to the Tier 4 restrictions in East Ayrshire, this will have to be postponed until 2021 however some of the Ayrshire Hospice and East Ayrshire staff were able to meet with Provost Todd for a launch photo.

Councillor Elena Whitham, Chair of East Ayrshire Leisure Trust said, “We will be absolutely delighted to host this display in the grounds of our spectacular Dick Institute next year.  We are delighted to be working with Ayrshire’s ‘Morrell’s Forge Blacksmiths’ who are making these beautiful Forget Me Nots. The display is not only raising money for a very worthwhile cause but is also providing many people with an avenue to pay tribute to loved ones, in both a beautiful and emotional way.”