Sunflower Appeal

Date

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27th May 2024
to 31st August 2024

Sunflower Appeal

Add a Springhill Sunflower to your home to celebrate the memories of your loved ones!

Springhill invites you to join our Sunflower Appeal, giving you the chance to make your tribute to the most amazing people who have touched your lives. Your loved one does not have to have received care from Springhill in order for you to make a dedication.  

You will receive:
  • Your personalised, keepsake sunflower card, which you can proudly display in your own meaningful place
  • Your very own sunflower seeds to grow at home this Summer
  • Your thank you letter and sunflower grow guide
You can also order additional items such as pin badges, bamboo plaques and sunflower figures.

Delivery note:

  • Postage is free on all items including additonal sunflower merchandise. If you would like to ship your items to an address other than your billing address, please add it to th order notes

Sunflower Merchandise

Pin Badge - Sunflower
Pin Badge - Bee
Sunflower Wooden Plaque
Warm Embrace Figure

Susan and Allen’s Story

For many of our patients, the Hospice isn’t just a place to receive treatment. It’s a place to escape the stigma of a terminal diagnosis, somewhere to relax and enjoy doing the things they love, and somewhere to feel like themselves again. For volunteer Susan Hannelly’s dad, Allen, Springhill was just that place. 

“He loved it, he really did. I don’t think he always joined in with the Day Therapies activities, but he enjoyed the company of the other patients and the change of scenery. He’d sit and read his book, listen to the others and even chat with the doctors sometimes. 

At home, my Dad had his own little workshop to escape to, and I think Day Therapies was an extension of this. He didn’t feel like he was coming in for treatment, in his mind he was coming in to relax.”

This wasn’t always the case though. Following his terminal diagnosis from the Christie, Allen told Susan he didn’t want to go to the Hospice. In his mind, it was just a place to die, and that wasn’t somewhere he wanted to be involved with in the last few months of his life.

“In the end, I think my Mum and I pressured him into going, and once we had a look around he realised it wasn’t at all like he had imagined. He had a look at the Day Therapies classes too, and we thought it might be the perfect day out for him.

It was also great for my Mum, as it meant that while my Dad was at Day Therapies – or daddy day care as we called it – we could spend some one on one time with her, take her shopping and help gain a little bit of normality.”

Sadly, Allen didn’t get the chance to utilise the Inpatient Unit Hospice services as he died during the Covid Pandemic, but he had a peaceful and quick death at home with his family around him. 

The last day my Dad was well enough, we sat out in the sunshine and enjoyed a bottle of wine, and I’ll always remember that. After Dad died, we all received bereavement counselling through the Hospice and it was such a tremendous help. And now I volunteer on the Inpatient Unit as a Patient Companion, and also offer Bereveament Support – so I’ve really come full circle with Springhill!”

Susan and Allen

Your Sunflower Appeal donation, no matter the size, will really help to make every moment count for our patients and their loved ones: 

£10 could provide a patient staying at the Hospice with nutritious home-cooked meals for a day. 

£39 could provide a counselling session that gives valuable support to a patient. 

£117 could pay for one person to spend a day at our Day Therapies Unit.

We hope you will join us on Sunday 4th August at our Sumer Garden Celebration, to remember those precious and special memories of your loved ones as you walk the Sunflower Trail and view your dedication. There will also be food stalls, refreshments, and family-friendly entertainment. If you would prefer to visit the Sunflower Trail at a quieter time, or on a day that suits you, you are more than welcome to visit our gardens anytime between 4th August and 1st September.

Thank you so much for your support. By remembering your loved one with a donation to Springhill’s 2024 Sunflower Appeal, you will be helping to ensure that patients receive specialist Hospice care and feel safe and comforted in their greatest time of need.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us, you can call us on 01706 641790 or email fundraising@springhill.org.uk  

Sunflower arch
Summer garden balloons
Summer Garden food
Summer Garden Springy

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