Hundreds of loved ones remembered on Saltburn Pier

The Teesside Hospice Sunflower Memory Wall returns to Saltburn Pier this August to mark a time of remembrance and support of hospice care.

The special wall features the names of hundreds of friends and family who have all been lovingly remembered by Teesside Hospice supporters.

Bespoke, handcrafted sunflowers, created by the same team responsible for the remarkable Tower of London poppy display, adorn the surrounding pier.

Anne Hall, nurse at Teesside Hospice, said: “It is an honour to work at Teesside Hospice and provide care to local people when they need it most.

“My colleagues and I are trusted by the families we care for to join them on what is an emotional and personal journey, and to do so is such a privilege.

“It is only with the support and generosity of local people, supporting appeals like the Sunflower Memory Wall, that we are able to provide our specialist care.

“On behalf of everyone at Teesside Hospice, I would like to say thank you for your kind donations and support. It is a moving display that means so much too so many.”

Lesley Beer has lovingly remembered her husband, Craig, on the wall and shares why she supports Teesside Hospice: “Craig was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and as his illness progressed he was referred to Teesside Hospice.

“At this point, he had very little movement but the hospice went above and beyond to make him feel comfortable and keep as in control as possible. Even with Craig’s quick deterioration, they adapted their care and support to suit his needs.

“Our first grandson was born whilst Craig was at the hospice. The first time he met him was so special and meant he was able to share treasured time with him. We don’t think that could have happened anywhere else, it was just lovely.

“The hospice was there for Craig and our whole family. I feel forever in their debt and donating to the hospice as part of the Sunflower Appeal is a small way to give back. It is also a way for my family and I to remember him, in a place close to our hearts.”

The Sunflower Memory Garden is open to the public until August 26, where the Memory Wall – sponsored by Colin McGinley Independent Family Funeral Service – and sunflowers are available to view.

The bespoke sunflowers are for sale and are available to order at www.teessidehospice.org/events/order-your-sunflower/detail or by calling 01642 811145.