As part of the British Ironwork Centre’s Hospice Support Programme, it is their goal to help hospices all over the UK to raise a national total of £1 million for their causes this year. Through this programme, they have developed the ‘Forget Me Not’ appeal, whereby they have supplied hospices all over the country with thousands of handcrafted metal flowers for their individual campaigns.
In 2018, they endorsed a total of six hospices to achieve a whopping £179K through various ‘Forget Me Not’ campaigns, and this year they are hoping for that number to far exceed this amount.
Inspired by the colours representing each hospices’ branding and logo, every cent raised from the donations and sales of these flowers goes straight back into helping the hospices to achieve their individual goals. The concept of the Forget Me Nots creation carries so much more weight than just raising crucial funds. Each flower pays a special homage to a lost loved one, immortalising their legacy in a heartfelt and very beautiful way.
So many hospices have joined the programme this year, designing their own appeals to suit their individual goals and aims, including Nightingale House Hospice. They created 1000 metal flowers for Nightingale House, who designed their unique campaign around ‘Everlasting Sunflowers’. These flowers went on display outside Chirk Castle in July of this year and proved incredibly popular with visitors to the castle and family members of lost loved ones alike.
As the year draws to a close, the Ironworks are now starting to receive the results from all the hospice campaigns and appeals that they have supported throughout the year. Nightingale House recently awarded the centre with a certificate to thank staff for their support in raising a grand total of over £20,000 for their hospice! This is one of the first of many hospices who will be sending in their results and they look forward to seeing what everyone else has managed to achieve this year!
Pictured: Chris Nadin & Kerry Owen from the British Ironwork Centre