For more than 30 years Bury Hospice has provided free palliative care to people in our local community with a life-limiting illness.

It will cost £4.4m to run the hospice this year with a 13 per cent contribution from the NHS.

The remainder is generated from our income generation streams and support from local businesses and the community.

This year, the hospice has commissioned a handcrafted and unique purple Forget Me Not flower by the talented team at the Oswestry-based British Ironwork Centre that can be dedicated in memory of someone special, or can be purchased to show support for the care we provide for patients and their families.

Anyone can dedicate a flower, you don’t have to have experienced our care at the hospice.

All of the flowers dedicated will be on display around the pond within the grounds of the Hospice from Wednesday, June 12 to Sunday, June 23, where you will be able to view them.

You will also receive the flower as a colourful keepsake which you will be able to collect after the display has ended.

Each individual flower will provide a lasting tribute to those who are no longer with us.

As the flowers are made from metal they are suitable for use outside and would look beautiful in any garden.

Memories are part of what makes life special and we hope our Forget Me Not Appeal will help our supporters remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.

The Forget Me Not Appeal, sponsored by Silletts Funeral Service, is a perfect way for people to pay a lasting tribute to their loved ones.

I would like to thank Silletts for sponsoring the campaign, it makes a world of difference when businesses step forward to support our patient’s care.

Each "forget me not" is available for a minimum donation of £20 each and are available online at

We are delighted to announce the return of our memory walk on the evening of Friday, June 21.

Bury Times: Bury Hospice chief executive Helen LockwoodBury Hospice chief executive Helen Lockwood (Image: Bury Hospice)

Join our Twilight Walk around Whitefield, Prestwich and Unsworth and light up the streets with an array of sparkle, glitter and neon. We want everyone to join us - men, women and children – and dogs are welcome too.

The sponsored seven–mile walk will start and finish at Sedgley Park Rugby Club.

Registration will take place at 7pm, with the walk commencing at 8pm.

Refreshments will be available and a licensed bar on offer at the start and finish.

There will also be entertainment from the Bury Music Service Big Band and party tunes from our DJ.

It costs just £15 to sign up for an adult, with a suggested sponsorship of £100 and £5 for an under 16-year-old.

Participants will receive a t-shirt and memory walk label. A goody bag will be given on completion of the walk.

To sign up for the twilight walk, go to