Name: Sunflower Memories Appeal
Sunflower Memories Appeal
Kirkwood Hospice’s Sunflower Memories Appeal is a beautiful way to celebrate the life of someone you love.
In return for a donation, we will write the name of your special person on a striking sunflower plaque. Your sunflower will then be ‘planted’ in the Hospice gardens along with many others, forming a lovely carpet of yellow blooms.
On Saturday 7th July from 11am - 3pm, you can pop by to view your sunflower on display, which we hope will help you to recall sunny thoughts and happy memories.
You are welcome to take your sunflower home on the day. There will be a wonderful selection of plants for sale during the event as well as floral demonstrations, stalls and refreshments for you to enjoy.
Everyone who takes part in the Appeal will receive a commemorative card bearing the name of the person they are remembering.
To make a dedication, simply click here.
Alternatively, you can request a paper form or pick one up from any of our shops and return it to us, along with your donation, by Thursday 5th July.
To find out more about the Sunflower Memories Appeal, please call us on: 01484 557911.
Why I’m supporting the Sunflower Memories Appeal - Jude from Holmfirth
Jude Sellmeyer took part in the Sunflower Memories Appeal in 2017 and will be taking part once again this year to celebrate her son, Jody. This is Jude’s heart-warming story…
Jody De Vos was a remarkable young man who lived his life to the full. His passion was to travel, which took him to many countries around the world. In particular, he fell in love with Australia. In 2013, a perfect job opportunity presented itself in Sydney and Jody moved there to live his dream.
Jody was happily living in Australia when his life, and that of his family, was changed forever. He was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease at the age of just 36. Jody continued to live his dream in Australia for as long he could after his diagnosis.
As his condition took hold, he reluctantly returned to the UK.
Jody moved in with his mum, Jude, in Holmfirth. By this stage, Jody’s Motor Neurone Disease was rapidly progressing. His weight had dropped from 74kg to 48kg. Over time, Jody lost the ability to walk, write, eat and speak. It became more and more difficult for him to breathe. His condition was terminal.
Throughout this unimaginable ordeal, Jude was by Jody’s side.
Jody and Jude
Jude said: “I have always had a brilliant relationship with Jody. I was extremely proud to have a son who was so independent and free-spirited. Even in the months before he died, Jody was still ticking things off his Bucket List. This included appearing in a double page spread in the Gay Times, raising awareness of how Motor Neurone Disease affects all communities.
“We talked about the fact he was dying. He planned his own funeral right down to which music should be played.
“Even though Jody desperately wanted to live, he got to a point where he accepted his death.”
Jody was a frequent visitor to Kirkwood’s Support & TherapyCentre during his illness. He enjoyed the aromatherapy that the Hospice provided, which helped to relax his muscles. Motor Neurone Disease often causes muscles to seize, so this was a particular relief for him. Jody was also an in-patient at Kirkwood on three separate occasions.
Jude took part in Kirkwood’s Sunflower Memories Appeal in 2017 to celebrate the life of her incredible son, and will be doing likewise this year.
Jude added: “This is the perfect Appeal for me to take part in to celebrate Jody’s life because he adored sunflowers.
“When he died in January 2017, I had him cremated with his passport in his top pocket and a bag of Maltesers in his hand, his favourite chocolate. The only flowers that were allowed were the sunflowers that adorned his coffin. Sunflowers were always his favourite and are bright and colourful, just like Jody was.”
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