Forget me not tributes to spring up at Lincoln Castle

A special Forget Me Not Appeal will see clusters of handmade Iron flowers planted around the grounds of Lincoln Castle.

The campaign by St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice will offer people the chance to remember a loved one with a forget me not, for a suggested donation of £30.

The flowers will be part of a display at Lincoln Castle running from April 6 to 21. Clusters of the flowers will be placed in the castle grounds, displayed similarly to how real forget me nots grow naturally.

On April 21, the final day of the display, supporters are invited to come and collect their pre-ordered flowers from the castle to display them in their own homes and gardens.

There will also be a variety of entertainment and fun for all the family on the day.

Sam Waterer, Individual Giving Fundraiser for St Barnabas Hospice said: “The fact that these Forget Me Nots are handmade and bespoke to St Barnabas really adds to their character and meaning. I can’t wait to see the display at Lincoln Castle knowing that each flower represents treasured memories.

“A Forget Me Not flower can be dedicated to absolutely anyone, they don’t need to have used St Barnabas services or accessed any hospice care.”

To dedicate your flower today, please visit the website here and fill in the donation form.

To ensure your flower is a part of the display, your dedication must be made by March 29.

Supporters who dedicate their Forget Me Not after this date, or who are unable to collect from the Castle on April 21, will be able to pick up their flower from a number of pick up points from April 29.

The flowers themselves are handcrafted by a local artist in Lincolnshire. They are made by Stefanos, a traditional blacksmith at The Old Smithy in North Ferriby where each petal is cut and shaped individually, making no two Forget Me Not flowers the same.

Jenny Peake, Individual Giving and Data Manager for St Barnabas Hospice said: “We want to say a huge thank you to Lincoln Castle and to our sponsors Tanglewood Care Homes and Waterside Shopping Centre for all of their help and support in making this happen.

“I’d also like to thank Stefanos and Roz at The Old Smithy for designing and making our Forget Me Nots non-stop since January!

“We hope that everyone loves the Forget Me Nots as much as we do. It’s a beautiful way to remember a loved one and also raises vital funds for the Hospice. These funds will allow us to continue providing high quality care for patients and their families and carers across Lincolnshire.”

For more information about the Forget Me Not appeal, please visit the St Barnabas Hospice website at StBarnabasHospice.co.uk/fmn or contact Sam Waterer, Individual Giving Fundraiser on 01522 540 300.