As the HeART to Heart trail enters its final weeks, St Catherine’s Hospice is looking forward to bringing all the hearts together at their Farewell Exhibition in October for a heart-warming final celebration.
The local hospice’s community art trail has captured the hearts of everyone involved, from the artists and sponsors, to children, adults and even four-legged friends in the local community. Since launching the trail at the start of July, St Catherine’s has seen thousands of people head out to visit the hearts and collect exclusive rewards from the HeART to Heart app.
Now, the local community will have the opportunity to see all the hearts for one last time. The Farewell Exhibition, taking place on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October 2019, is the only chance to see all of the stunning hearts together in one location, at the Copthorne Hotel Effingham Gatwick. Come along to get your final pictures, collect any hearts you may have missed on the trail, and pick up exclusive HeART to Heart merchandise in support of your local hospice.
The exhibition will also give the public the opportunity to meet some of the talented HeART to Heart artists and hear more about the inspiration behind their designs, as well as why taking part in the trail has meant so much to them. The artists have taken part in the trail for a variety of reasons and each heart has its own unique story.
Caroline Collins is one of the artists of Fluttering Free, along with four others who make up the Cowfold Ladies. She is also a Staff Nurse on the Inpatient Unit at St Catherine’s Hospice so has seen first hand the difference their care can make. Caroline said: “It was special to us that our heart was named Fluttering Free as we feel butterflies really symbolise what we try to do at St Catherine’s; you want to look after people but you also want them to be free to be able to do what they want to do. It’s been really great to be involved with the whole organisation of making the hearts and lots of the conversations that we’ve had have been very therapeutic with some of our own losses that we’ve experienced too. It’s been a really wonderful project and I’m so glad that other people are enjoying it as well.”
Tickets to the Farewell Exhibition are limited and expected to sell fast, so make sure you book early at www.stch.org.uk/exhibition. The exhibition will be open from 11am to 8pm on the Friday and 10am to 6pm on the Saturday.
After this, there will be the chance for people to take one of the beautiful hearts home forever at an exclusive live auction on Wednesday 30 October 2019. To register your interest in attending the auction, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The money raised through the Farewell Exhibition and Auction will provide care to local terminally ill people when it’s needed most. Currently, St Catherine’s can only care for one in three local people, but with the support of people like you, in the future the local charity wants to make sure no one has to face death and loss alone.
For further information about the trail, please click here.