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About the Heart to Heart trail

As a local hospice, we’re at the heart of our community and we work to help local terminally ill people do the things they love and to live as well as they can, for as long as they can. Art often plays a part in this, so we’re thrilled to launch HeART to Heart; our first ever community art trail.

HeART to Heart is a fun, free and engaging public art event that will see uniquely designed hearts spread across East Surrey and West Sussex during the summer of 2019. Families, artists, schools and businesses will be encouraged to get involved along the way, and help raise money so more people living with a terminal illness receive the care they need.

Art is a crucial part of the care we offer to people here at St Catherine’s Hospice; it helps people express their thoughts and feelings, and many Day Hospice patients enjoy creating intricate paintings and personalised memory boxes when they’re with us:

Christine’s story

While I’m here I take part in the afternoon art class. It helps take my mind off things and is something that is completely for me. My nine year old daughter Is very arty so she’s been in the hospice and helped with art, and I enjoy showing her my weekly creations.

– Christine

The Heart to Heart timeline

May – July 2018
Artists from across the South East will submit their heart designs ready for sponsors to choose from at the launch in October.

October 2018
An exclusive launch evening where sponsors can select their favourite artist and heart design from our shortlist.

October – November 2018
Artists are confirmed and the fun starts!

December 2018 – March 2019
Artists will be hard at work, bringing
their unique design to life ready for the launch of HeART to Heart.

July – September 2019
The HeART to Heart trail will be launched to the public and the hearts will find their home on the trail. The hearts will be on public show for 10 weeks across the areas where St Catherine’s provides expert end of life care. Hearts will be visited by thousands of people from across the region.

September 2019
Our Secret HeART exhibition takes place.

October 2019
Artists and sponsors are invited to an exhibition and auction of all hearts and mini hearts. This is the only time all hearts will be displayed together.
The auction will raise vital funds for St Catherine’s so no-one has to face death and loss alone.

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