Meadow of Memories
Each year, a beautiful wildflower meadow is sown in the grounds of the hospice to celebrate the lives of those people we loved, and still love, dearly. It becomes the most soothing place to sit, remember and reflect in peaceful surroundings.
Choose from the list of carefully selected flowers below and make a dedication in memory of someone special. Your seed(s) will be sown around the beginning of April depending on the weather conditions at the time, and the meadow will flourish and bloom over the following months. The invitation to dedicate a flower is open to all, not just those touched by Rowcroft’s care.
This year, the following flowers to dedicate to loved ones are:
If you wish to dedicate a flower please click on the ‘Dedicate a Flower’ button to the right. Alternatively, please get in touch with Linda Dickin to make a dedication over the phone or by post. Call Linda on 01803 217405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a celebration taking place here at the hospice within the beautiful meadow in July, when the meadow will be at its brightest and most beautiful. However, you are most welcome to visit the meadow at any other time throughout the summer months.
Maddie loved the Meadow
Maddie Page-Dove was a very special, beautiful, bubbly and inspirational lady. You might have seen her at a number of Rowcroft’s fundraising events, giving talks and presentations about the hospice as part of her role as a Volunteer Ambassador and even doing a skydive (she was a very brave lady!)
She was inspired to give everything she could back to the hospice after seeing the wonderful nursing care, kindness and support that Rowcroft provided for her Mum, Mary.
Mary was cared for on Rowcroft’s Inpatient Unit during the last 12 days of her life. Maddie, her Mum and their family frequently visited the Meadow of Memories while at the hospice, when it was at its brightest and most beautiful. In the years to come, Maddie would frequently visit the hospice, sit on the seat in the Meadow of Memories and be at peace with the world in such a wonderfully bright and colourful place.
Maddie’s husband Max explains: “Sadly in 2017, Maddie became very ill, and spent the last five weeks of her life in an apartment in Torquay overlooking the sea. With support from Rowcroft’s Hospice at Home team, she was able to be cared for by me, her loving husband, as well as her sister Angie, father Keith and dear friend Sara.
Maddie loved the Meadow of Memories, the brightly coloured sunflowers and daisies were her favourites. If you are able to, please consider making a donation to the meadow in 2018. However big or small, every donation is a lifeline for the hospice and is so truly appreciated by everyone, in so many ways”.
To see how beautiful the meadow looked last year, please view our Meadow of Memories 2017 gallery.
Please note that we have been planting our beautiful wild flower meadow for six years and so other flowers naturally grow because of regermination in the meadow grounds.
Image reproduced with Yvonne Coomber’s kind permission.