A charity art installation set to make Brindleyplace awash with colour is inspiring Birmingham families to donate as they remember loved ones lost.
A local family who were supported by Birminghamâ€™s St Maryâ€™s Hospice in 2016 after losing their father and husband to cancer, have paid tribute to the dedication of the nurses by donating to the charityâ€™s art installation in Birminghamâ€™s Brindleyplace.
The charityâ€™s installation, a field of 1,500 forget-me-not wrought-iron flowers, will be on display in Brindleyplace from 24 April â€“ 1 May; people can dedicate a flower as a tribute to their special someone for a donation of their choice. After the display, the flowers can be kept as a lasting keepsake.
Several Birmingham families have already donated, to remember loved ones. Dipak Shahâ€™s family is one of those families.
Dipak passed away in 2016, following his year-long battle with oesophageal cancer. The family received on-going Â inclusive care and support through the hospice during the difficult time.
The services provided by the hospice made such an impression on Dipakâ€™s wife Bindiya and his children, Shivani and Vivek, that they have chosen to commemorate his life by planting one of the final flowers in the 1,500 strong colourful wrought-iron display.
His son, Vivek, said: â€śDad always gave back to the community and weâ€™ve been wanting to do something in memory of him. Birmingham St Maryâ€™s did so much for us and this is our way of giving back so that they can continue to help others.â€ť
The inclusive care that the family received was invaluable to them. Vivek said: â€śDuring the final stages, we were grateful for the effort the nurses made to keep the whole family informed, particularly grandma and grandad who struggled with the language barrier.â€ť
Bindiya said:â€śFor me, it was the extra support the charity provided whenever we needed it, which helped me get through each day. The people who work at Birmingham St Maryâ€™s have that personal connection, so you donâ€™t feel as though youâ€™re just another number.
â€śEven now, theyâ€™re still in touch and were there to help us after the bereavement. Itâ€™s an on-going process and there was no sudden stop in the support.â€ť
Helen Oâ€™Halloran, Director of Nursing, said: â€śThe Forget Me Not appeal is about the city coming together to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones lost.
We are so pleased that the Shah family Â have chosen to support the Forget me Not appeal and plant one of the final flowers in this stunning display. Â Every kind donation of a flower will help fund our work providing vital care and support to local families living with terminal illness.
â€śWe hope the installation launch will inspire others, like the Shah family, to come along to support the appeal.â€ť
The launch of the Forget me Not display will take place from 12.00pm-2.00pm and is open to all.