Sunflower Memories Appeal
Nothing says summer quite like a sunﬂower. Our Sunflower Memories appeal is a beautiful way to celebrate the life of someone you love
Donate online now using this form – or learn more about the appeal and the service below:
This year we are holding our service in Weymouth’s stunning Greenhill Gardens looking out across the bay, at 6.30pm on Thursday 23rd August 2018.
Everyone attending will be given the opportunity to write the name of those they are remembering on a small sunflower to hold during the service.
Those who take part in the Appeal will have their loved ones names added to our new Sunflower Memory Board which will be on display and the focus of this year’s service.
For those who would like to take one of our large metal sunflowers home with them (along with their small hand held sunflower), a limited number will be available to buy on the evening of the service.
Lesley Dove’s Sunﬂower Story …
Lesley Dove’s daughter, Gemma, died in sad circumstances.Gemma had learning disabilities and autism so was unable to convey her needs and wishes when she became seriously unwell.
Although Gemma was not a patient of Weldmar at the end of her life, Lesley has since found significant comfort through attending Weldmar’s Sunflower Service.
“The thought of a wonderful setting, in beautiful gardens, overlooking the sea, on a summer’s evening, where I could reflect on memories of a departed loved one, drew me to the Sunflower Service in Greenhill Gardens. It did not disappoint.
“The evening was calm, still and pleasant as everyone gathered to sit on benches or the grass together, holding our sunflowers with the names of those we were there to remember. We listened to lovely music and singing as well as gentle, reflective words from Reverend Sally Bedborough which drew us all together with our own thoughts and feelings of those we have loved and see no more but who are still very much with us deep inside our hearts. So, yes, the service may have had a feeling of sadness but it also had a feeling of peace, and solidarity, where many were joined together for a brief time to share silently and reflectively the journey of grief.”