The thousand beautiful hand-crafted metal forget-me-not flowers were part of a special exhibition at The Trafford Centre which was created as part of St Ann’s Hospice 50th anniversary year celebrations.
The ‘A Slice of History’ installation was designed and built by Manchester artist Lindi Kirwin, and symbolised the hospice’s birthday, as well as gatherings of friends and family together.
Individuals from across Greater Manchester have been snapping up the opportunity to own one of the flowers that made up the exhibition – some in memory of a loved one, others to mark an occasion or other moment that they haven’t been able to take part in during the pandemic.
Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive, said: “The forget-me-not is such a powerful symbol and is one that’s really close to our hearts at St Ann’s. It’s been so lovely hearing people’s stories about the loved ones they are honouring by buying a flower, and seeing them all together in the artwork last month was a really poignant moment.
“The amazing thing is that by buying a flower, people not only have the chance to dedicate it to their loved one, but also can hopefully take comfort in knowing that the money raised from their sale is helping us to continue providing care to local people too.”
Rachel added: “Art and creative therapy are so important at the hospice. They’re just part of the huge range of services we offer to patients and those closest to them, and as a therapy are really effective in allowing people the time to reflect and communicate their thoughts and feelings.
“It’s amazing to think that the flowers that were used to create this amazing piece of artwork at The Trafford Centre will also now continue to live on as way to remember those that can’t be with us, but also that the money raised from their purchases will help us to carry on our services for patients.”