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Ashgate Hospice > Stunning display featuring thousands of forget-me-not remembrance flowers opens at Renishaw Hall

Ashgate Hospice’s poignant remembrance display featuring thousands of keepsake forget-me-not flowers has been unveiled at a Derbyshire country house. 

The stunning display at Renishaw Hall and Gardens, near Eckington, has been planted as part of the charity’s Forget-Me-Not Appeal, sponsored by Graysons Solicitors.  

Each pink flower has been dedicated to loved ones who are no longer with us in return for a £25 donation to the hospice. 

Families are being invited to visit the display for free in the picturesque grounds of the estate this week, between Wednesday 22nd June and Sunday 26th June. 

There are 2,000 of the 45cm keepsake flowers being showcased in total, which are lovingly handcrafted by the British Ironworks Centre.  

Hayley Wardle, Director of Palliative and Patient Care (centre) with Forget-Me-Not Appeal supporters Amanda Griffiths (left) and Karen Esposito (right). Credit: Tom Hodgson


Head of Fundraising at the hospice, Jack Wood, says the campaign is a special way for supporters to celebrate, mourn and remember loved ones. 

“Everyone at Ashgate Hospice is delighted that our Forget-Me-Not Appeal display is finally open at Renishaw Hall and Gardens!” said Jack.  

“The special display really is stunning and so poignant – it’s incredible to think each one has been dedicated in memory of people’s loved ones across North Derbyshire.  

“We’re so grateful to everyone who has supported our appeal so far, the donations will mean we can be there to provide vital care for families across North Derbyshire. 

“I’d also like to thank all of our brilliant volunteers and staff members who help with our installation over the past week – we really appreciate everyone’s dedicated support.  

“It’s not too late to dedicate a flower in memory of your loved one, just head over to our website to find out more about supporting the campaign.” 

Karen Esposito is supporting the Forget-Me-Not Appeal in memory of her dad, Tony Jackson. Credit: Tom Hodgson

Amongst those remembering someone special is Karen Esposito who has dedicated a flower in memory of her dad, Tony Jackson, who was cared for by the hospice at the end of his life. 

Tony was diagnosed with a rare form of MND in November of 2020; Karen tells of the “special” care her family received on Ashgate’s Inpatient Unit. 

She said: “I especially remember the much-needed humour in the face of a terrifying disease. Ashgate made Dad feel as comfortable as he possibly could be.  

“He passed away at Ashgate in December 2021. We weren’t there with him when he died – I had gone home for a rest, expecting to see him again the next day – so it was such a comfort to speak to the two wonderful nurses who were holding his hands for us. 

“The staff are special at Ashgate. They are skilled, compassionate, and open. I honestly do not know how we would have managed without them. 

“We all have an increased respect for the work they do and the need for the specialised approach that is needed for people who are at very vulnerable stages of life.” 

Once the display ends, supporters of the campaign can then collect their flower from Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield between Friday 1st July and Sunday 3rd July. Donors can also choose to have their flower posted to them.   

The suggested donation for a forget-me-not flower is £25 and the money raised will be used to fund the hospice’s round-the-clock specialist end of life care.   

To dedicate a flower, visit or call the fundraising team on 01246 567250. 


Thank you to our volunteer and professional photographer, Tom Hodgson, for his stunning photos of our display.