CLARE YOUNG, a widow from Gloucester, is inviting people to sponsor a knitted heart this Valentine’s Day. For just £5, each sponsored heart will feature in a full size knitted show garden installation that she’s creating at RHS Malvern Spring Festival in memory of her husband, Ken.
Clare is offering anyone the chance to sponsor a ‘work of heart’ for a suggested donation of £5. A knitted or crocheted heart will then be created for a loved one and displayed on a specially designed tree within the show garden that will be revealed at the festival from May 10-13.
All donations from the sponsored ‘works of heart’ will be contributing towards the ambitious fundraising goal that the Gloucestershire widow has set herself. Clare aims to raise a whopping £50,000 for the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, to both commemorate what would have been Ken’s 50th year and thank them for their wonderful care.
Clare said: “The garden has grown into something far bigger than I ever imagined, the response has been incredible. People have been knitting hearts in memory of loved ones from all over the world and this garden is all about love so Valentine’s Day seemed like a perfect opportunity to make a timely tribute to someone special.”
Since the plans were unveiled in January, the garden has received an outpouring of support from across the UK and beyond. Crafters and community groups from Minchinhampton to Missouri, USA and from Cheltenham to Christchurch, New Zealand have been busy crafting knitted hearts for the garden.
Clare continued: “Last week, I had an email from Ian, a widower who had seen news of the garden and instinctively knew that he wanted to donate his late wife, Jane’s, wool to my garden. She was an amazing weaver and keen gardener so I am making a pot of flowers for Ian using Jane’s wool.
“By giving people the opportunity to sponsor a work of heart in memory of a loved one or as a gift of love for a partner, I hope more people can be a part of the project, whilst helping me raise funds for the hospice which helped care for my husband so beautifully.”
To have a work of heart displayed for a loved one in the Work of Heart Garden please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/workofheartgarden where you can make a suggested donation of £5 and leave a Valentine’s message for your loved one.
All proceeds from the Work of Heart garden will be donated to Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, helping them provide specialist care for people living with life limiting conditions and their families.
For more information on the Work of Heart Garden visit www.workofheartgarden.org, like www.facebook.com/WorkofHeartGarden on Facebook or follow @WorkofHeartKnit on Twitter or workofheartgarden on Instagram.
Details on Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice can be found at www.sueryder.org/leckhampton
To find out more about RHS Malvern Spring Festival, May 10 to 13, visit rhsmalvern.co.uk