More than 800 Forget Me Nots have been dedicated in memory of loved ones in a new sculpture in Gloucester Cathedral’s garden.

So far, £27,800 has been raised for the Hospice from the appeal with more money expected to come in over the coming weeks.

The sculpture was unveiled in the Cathedral’s garth on Thursday 5th March and will remain in place until 25th March. It is made up of 1,000 metal flowers with more than 800 of them dedicated to loved ones so far.

You can still dedicate one of the remaining Forget Me Nots to someone throughout the exhibition for a suggested donation of £25. Once the installation has ended, the metal flowers will be returned to the donors to keep as a lasting tribute.

Hundreds of messages of remembrance have been left on our website and messages placed in a special memory book at the Cathedral.

The money raised from the Forget Me Nots will go towards Longfield Hospice’s palliative and end of life care work in the community.

Angela Pearce is one of the many people who have supported the appeal. Her daughter Vicky Wakefield-Heath received vital Longfield Hospice at Home care, allowing her precious time with her family and her son, Spencer, who was only a baby when she died of cancer aged just 26.

"Vicky was a very special lady, and adored Mummy to her son Spencer. He was only seven-months-old when she died but Vicky still managed to organise so much for his future and was a wonderful mummy to him,” Angela said.

“Vicks was a precious daughter and best friend to me, and I can still remember the fits of giggles we had.  Longfield have helped us through some difficult times and the Forget Me Not appeal is a wonderful way of keeping her memory alive for us all.”

Longfield Hospice Chief Executive, Simon Bernstein, said they are delighted with the response to the appeal.

“We are so grateful to everyone who has donated a Forget Me Not for our garden sculpture at Gloucester Cathedral,” he said.

 “The colourful display looks beautiful against the stunning cloisters backdrop and we urge people to come down and visit.  We must also say a big thank you to the Cathedral for helping us put on the exhibition which is raising vital funds for our work supporting the people of Gloucestershire through Hospice at Home, Bereavement Counselling, and Day Therapy.”

The exhibition is open until 25th March, Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm and on Sundays between Noon and 2.30pm. The Cathedral will be open outside of these times for services and other events but viewing may not be possible during these times.

To order a flower, please visit our Appeal Page or call 01453 886868