Willow Wood are very proud of their lovely gardens. Largely maintained by volunteers, they are a wonderful haven of peace and tranquillity and a space enjoyed by patients and their visitors.
Many visitors, under normal circumstances, do return to spend some time in the gardens and remember their loved ones. Anthony Lord, Head of Income Generation takes up the story: “So often I’ve been asked if families could buy us a bench, plant a tree or in some way have a tangible memorial to their father, mother, partner, daughter or other loved one who was cared for at the Hospice.
“Although beautiful, our gardens just don’t have the space for larger items, but we do know how important it is for families to have that focus for their memories. That’s why we have introduced our Memory Stones.
“At the centre of our garden we have a willow tree fountain, with seating already in place. Pre-Covid, (and hopefully again in the future) this was a focal point in the garden with many visitors returning time and again for a period of quiet contemplation.
“We have therefore come up with what we think is a wonderful way to pay tribute to a loved one – our Memory Stones. They will be beautifully engraved with a name or nickname before being placed in the fountain where they will remain for one year. Once the restrictions around Covid-19 are lifted, visitors will be able to visit the garden at their leisure and see their Memory Stone as often as they wish.
“Once the initial year comes to a close, families can repeat the tribute or take it home as a keepsake.”
If you would like to make a tribute to a loved one in this way, please go to the Willow Wood website, www.willowwood.info to order online, alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0161 330 7788 to find out more.