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Butterflies appear when loved ones are near…

Thank you to everyone who has supported us by donating to our Butterfly Appeal.

We have raised over £101,000 – an incredible amount which goes a long way to helping those in our care. Sadly our butterflies are no longer available to order. However, if you have a butterfly already, we are pleased to announce that we have partnered with VectorEngrave to offer you the chance to personalise your butterfly! Follow the link for more information.

If you’ve already ordered a butterfly and are looking for further information, please see our FAQs at the bottom of this page.

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Article | 2 June 2023

Thousands support Ashgate Hospice appeal as poignant Butterfly Appeal display arrives at Chatsworth

The Art of the Butterfly Appeal

Alan Pennington is an Artist and Graphic Designer who is passionate about the people, places and products of his home city of Sheffield. Alan is famous for his brightly coloured paintings of the city and his iconic series of “I Love Sheffield” Artwork.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Butterfly Appeal
How does the appeal work?

For a suggested donation of £25, you will receive a beautiful butterfly, designed and handcrafted by local sculptor James Sutton. It is yours to treasure in your home or garden as an ongoing tribute and memorial to your loved one. Before it makes its way to you, your butterfly will be part of the stunning display at Chatsworth (DE45 1PP) between May 23rd and June 12th. You will be able to visit this display beginning at 10:30am each day, with last entry at 3:30pm.

Due to the level of level of support we have received for our butterflies, we have had to stagger collection and delivery dates. We appreciate your patience in this matter, and we are working tirelessly to ensure everyone receives their butterfly a quickly as possible.

Please check your emails for specific details on when you will receive your butterfly.

If you are unable to find your order details, or wish to collect your butterfly from another location, please email [email protected] or call us on 01246 567250.

What is the Butterfly?

The handcrafted butterflies, which stand at 45cm tall with a butterfly that is approximately 14cm wide, have been lovingly made by a local sculptor, James Sutton. We hope that your butterfly will serve as a celebration of the life of your loved one, all whilst raising funds for the work we do at Ashgate Hospice. It is our hope that your butterfly, which can be displayed in your home or garden, will bring you comfort as you look upon it and remember your loved one.

Why is the postage £10?

This year, due to the size and shape of the butterfly, we are kindly asking for an additional suggested donation of £10 to cover the costs of posting your butterflies to you. Your butterflies will be carefully packed, posted and tracked so that we will know it has reached you safely.

Can I collect my butterfly from my local Ashgate Hospice shop rather than the hospice?

Yes! We have 15 Ashgate Hospice shops across North Derbyshire, including our new location in Buxton. If you wish to collect from your local shop, please select ‘Collect’ when donating for your butterfly and then email [email protected] or call 01246567250 to arrange collecting your butterfly from your local Ashgate Hospice Shop.

Can I order more than one?

Yes! You can order as many butterflies as you desire to celebrate those you love. All donations received will help our teams continue to care for patients and their families across North Derbyshire. You can order up to five butterflies on our website. If you wish to order more than five butterflies, then please speak to our Fundraising Team on 01246 567250 or email [email protected]

How do I donate for a butterfly?

The Butterfly Appeal has now ended, so unfortunately, we are unable to take any more donations in exchange for butterflies. Thank you for your interest, and to everyone who has donated to this appeal. It has been a tremendous success and has raised over £99,000 which will help us to continue caring for patients and families across North Derbyshire.

We are already hard at work planning for our next appeal, so be sure to sign up to receive our email updates for the latest news!


I would like my butterflies posting to me, when will I receive them?

All butterflies are currently being individually handcrafted with great care and will be shipped on a first come-first served basis. Any ordered now should arrive with you no later than the end of September.

If you ordered your butterfly some time ago, then please see your emails for the expected delivery date.

If you haven’t received your butterflies by the expected date, or are unsure when to expect your butterflies, please email [email protected] or call us on 01246 567250.

Why are my butterflies taking longer than others to arrive?

Thanks to the overwhelmingly generous support of our community we sold out of our initial order of butterflies!

So, we are having new ones crafted to order meaning there will be a slight delay whilst the new butterflies are being individually handcrafted. We will keep you updated on the status of your order.”

Why is the display at Chatsworth?

As a hospice that cares for patients and families across the whole of North Derbyshire, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the community we care for by bringing our appeal to the magnificent grounds of Chatsworth this year. As the Duke of Devonshire is the president of Ashgate Hospice, there is no finer place than his estate to pay tribute to the people of Derbyshire, and to celebrate the memory of our loved ones. Chatsworth is a beautiful location, rich in history, and surrounded by the luscious green countryside of Derbyshire. We hope to see you at our beautiful display this year!

Do I need tickets to Chatsworth to view the display?

You do not need tickets to the house or garden to view the display. Please note that if you are travelling to Chatsworth by car you will need to follow the postcode DE45 1PP. There will be a car parking charge of £5 per vehicle payable on entry which goes directly to the Chatsworth House Trust, the registered charity dedicated to looking after the house, collections, garden, woodlands and park for the benefit of everyone.

Will my butterfly be engraved with the name of my loved one?

The butterflies will not be engraved. However, we will be collecting names for a special remembrance book which will be presented alongside our stunning display of butterflies this year.

Can I take my butterfly home before the end of the display?

Prior to the end of the display at Chatsworth, you will be able to reserve a butterfly online, over the phone, or in your local Ashgate Hospice shop. However, the butterflies are will not be available to take away until after the display at Chatsworth has ended. This is because all the butterflies dedicated in memory of loved ones will form a memorial art installation at Chatsworth between May 23rd and the 12th of June.

After this, there will be the opportunity to collect your butterfly (see information above). Alternatively, we can arrange to have your butterfly posted to your home address.

How will my donation help the hospice?

Less than 30% of our funding comes from the NHS, so in order to continue providing our essential care we must raise an additional £8 million per year. This means your support is vital in ensuring our patients and their families receive the very best care when they need it.

How do I opt out of receiving mailings in future years?

If you wish to opt out of receiving our letters, please email [email protected] with your request and you shall be excluded from future mailings. Alternatively, you can call us on 01246 567250.