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Forget Me Not - St Helena Hospice

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Working in a firm of our size, about 180 people, it is inevitable that we encounter the many highs and lows of life with our colleagues. When I read about St Helena Hospice’s Forget Me Not campaign, which is a similar concept to the poppies installation at the Tower of London a few years ago, I knew we had to be involved.
This July, a number of limited edition, ceramic forget-me-not flowers will be planted in the grounds of Castle Park by St Helena Hospice, allowing individuals to dedicate their own forget-me-not flower to celebrate someone special. The flowers will be displayed at Colchester Castle from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 July 2018. Visitors to the installation can leave messages to their loved ones on dedicated boards of remembrance.
The firm is already a big supporter of the hospice movement, and of our local hospices in particular (*waves to St Helena, Farleigh and St Luke’s*), but this seemed different. This is personal. I wanted to involve Birkett Long in this initiative as an act of remembrance for colleagues lost, and in recognition of our many fierce survivors – we are in awe of you all.
So, I hope at some point over the weekend you’re able to visit Castle Park and pause for a moment to think about our colleagues Susan, Christopher, Shirley, Gill, Jinny, Charlotte, Michael, Alex, Maureen, Pat, Valerie and Toby. 
Or perhaps you can get along to the Forget Me Not service on Sunday 8 July at 2pm. It promises to be an informal gathering with uplifting words and music, open to anyone who would like to celebrate the life of a loved one. It will be held in the grounds of Colchester Castle Park, behind the Hollytrees museum.