Celia set to remember husband Allan with Sunflower memory

The wife of a man who died after battle with prostate cancer is urging people to dedicate a sunflower in memory of their lost loved ones.

Celia Quinn from Brierfield is taking part in this year’s Sunflower Memories Appeal at Pendleside Hospice in memory of her late husband Allan.

Sunflower Memories, which ran for the second time last June sees hundreds of sunflowers planted in the hospice garden at a special Celebration of Life service on Saturday 2nd June.

Each sunflower has a plaque which has the name of each loved one hand written on it. The flowers will bloom throughout June, which is traditionally Hospice Sunflower Month.  

Celia said: “Allan thought that the hospice was wonderful, and was very proud of the fact he came to it.

“I’m delighted to be supporting the hospice’s Sunflower Memories Appeal and hope that people will sponsor a sunflower in memory of their loved ones.”

Allan, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014, but was later told that it had spread to his bones. The former tackler at Smith and Nephew in Brierfield, was referred to Pendleside Hospice by a Macmillian nurse who thought the hospice could provide help and support to both Allan and Celia.

Celia added: “Allan came to the hospice to meet like-minded individuals. He really enjoyed attending the day services sessions. They did all sorts, he even went on a barge trip down the Leeds and Liverpool canal.”

During his time at the hospice Allan attended the day services unit and had complementary therapies, while Celia attended counselling. Later when he was in hospital the hospice’s spiritual care team came to visit him, allowing Celia some much needed respite.

Allan sadly passed away in November 2016 aged 76. Following his death Celia started attending the users group, a group that meets four times a year to help look at how the hospice is run. In March she also started volunteering for the hospice, helping at the hospice’s monthly time for reflection services.

“I can’t thank all the staff at Pendleside hospice enough for the help they gave both Allan and myself during his illness. I’m delighted to be volunteering as I really want to give something back for all the wonderful experiences Allan had at Pendleside,” Celia added.

The Celebration of Life Service takes place at 2pm on 2nd June and is open to all. After dedicating the sunflowers there will be cream teas and other refreshments available, as well as various stalls.

To dedicate a sunflower plaque or for further information visit the Hospice website at www.­pendleside.­org.­uk or call 01282 440120.