Dazzling display of glass flowers to mark charity’s 30th year

A DAZZLING display featuring 1,000 handcrafted stained-glass flowers will mark a Dorset charity’s 30th anniversary.

The Forest Holme Hospice Charity has announced details of the special attraction, which will be installed Merley House in Wimborne.

As well as viewing the display between April 27 and May 2, members of the public have the opportunity to own a piece of the commemorative art, created by artist Ellie Drake-Lee, from Garden Glass Art.

The keepsake flowers are now available to pre-purchase via for delivery or collection following the event.

This year marks 30 years since Forest Holme Hospice Charity was set up to raise funds for the then-new specialist palliative care unit based at Seldown Road, in Poole.

It was the year Four Weddings and a Funeral became the top grossing UK film, the first UK National Lottery draw took place, and Tony Blair won the Labour Party leadership election.

The charity officially launched on April 26 and since then, donations from supporters have helped care for more than 30,000 patients and their families.

Formerly known as the Friends of Forest Holme, Forest Holme Hospice Charity has grown to meet the increasing demand for the hospice services.

To coincide with its anniversary, the charity has also announced details of a number of other activities and initiatives taking place throughout the year.

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They include a £30 For 30 Years appeal, numerous fundraising and challenge events, as well as the annual Tie A Yellow Ribbon and Light Up a Life remembrance services.

Hannah O Hare, charity CEO, said: “This year is an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved during the last 30 years, remembering all those whose lives have been touched by Forest Holme, and thanking everyone who has been a part of making the hospice what it is today.

“The remarkable unwavering support of our community has enabled us to care for thousands of local people living with life limiting illnesses, so here’s to the next 30 years of compassion, dignity, and quality end-of-life care for all.”

If you would like to help celebrate the hospice’s 30th anniversary and learn more about the work of Forest Holme and its charity, visit

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