Celebrate Lives Lived

Thank you for taking part in Celebrate Lives Lived.

Our Celebrate Lives Lived memorial gardens are now closed.

If you took part, your Gerbera peg will now be available to collect from the hospice it was displayed at. Please note that reception opening times at each site may vary so please call ahead should you be planning a visit outside of normal office hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm). Contact phone numbers for each site can be found here.

If you are unable to collect in person, you can arrange for you peg to be posted to you. Please call the appropriate number below to organise the postage of your peg:

  • Whittington – Corrine Blood, 01543 432031
  • Walsall – Joanne Barlow, 01922 602540
  • Uttoxeter – Michelle Vodden, 01889 220420
  • Sutton Coldfield – Jenni Fryer, 0121 378 6290

Pegs will be available for collection until Friday 28th June.

How your support helps

Joan Fairley, from Hints, is one of our reception volunteers and has been fundraising for us since 1994. Joan’s husband Norman lived with Parkinson’s Disease for eight years and in 2007 he came to St Giles for end-of-life care.

Joan said: “We could not believe the welcome we got, it was as if we were the only people in the world.

“We were given the family room and I didn’t leave Norman’s side for the next three weeks. We could see the beautiful gardens from the room and Norman thought it was like paradise. He loved it there.

“He kept saying: ‘You will help them for me, won’t you Joan?’ and I’ve been volunteering and fundraising for St Giles ever since. As a family, we always have a Celebrate Lives Lived peg in memory of Norman. It’s a yearly act of remembrance and a lovely way to pay tribute to him while also helping a cause that was so dear to him and to us.

“It’s incredibly poignant for us to be able to place his peg in the gardens he loved so much. I can then take my flower home and plant it with all the others in my garden as a sign that our memories of our loved ones are always with us.

“The whole family is so thankful for the kindness we were shown in those three weeks – you can never pay it back.”