St Catherine's Hospice Yellow Ribbon Day fete is on Sunday June 19 and there's still time to order ribbons

Hundreds of yellow ribbons are decorating the grounds of a Lancashire hospice this month.

By Fiona Finch
Monday, 13th June 2022, 12:30 pm

The annual charity fundraiser at St Catherine’s Hospice at Lostock Hall helps people remember and celebrate the life of someone they have loved.

The ribbons will remain on display throughout June and July and this Sunday (June 19) there will be a special Yellow Ribbon Day family fun day out with entertainment, activities, food and attractions from 11am – 4pm in the hospice grounds at St Catherine's Park.

Kelly Thomson, the hospice’s head of administration, said: "Staff and volunteers are very passionate about the yellow ribbons because we see first-hand how important it is to people to pay tribute to their loved ones, and we strive to make the experience as special as we can...Yellow Ribbon dedications are welcome in memory of anyone, whether they were known to St Catherine’s or not, and some people even remember pets.”

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Kelly Thomson, head of administration at St Catherine’s Hospice, pictured with the Yellow Ribbon Remembrance Book

She continued: “My team and I are always overwhelmed by the generosity and support we receive; not to mention all of the love that is expressed in remembering loved ones through a yellow ribbon. It is our absolute honour to write and tie the ribbons in the beautiful gardens of the hospice. Since the pandemic has prevented us from hosting our Yellow Ribbon Day for the past two years - where the ribbons are usually available to view for the first time - we have also been sending a ribbon to supporters in the post. We are thrilled that we will be able to invite people back into our grounds for Yellow Ribbon Day on June 19, and we will continue to send out a ribbon for people to tie in their own homes and gardens too.”Names of everyone being remembered will also be written in a Yellow Ribbon Remembrance Book which is available to view in The Mill Shop in the hospice grounds and online during the summer months.

To make a Yellow Ribbon dedication in memory of someone special, visit www.stcatherines.co.uk or call 01772 629171. For updates about Yellow RibbonDay, follow @StCatherinesPre on Facebook.

Donations help the hospice to provide services including end of life care and support at the hospice and in people’s homes and bereavement support.

Yellow ribbons for remembrance at The Mill cafe in St Catherine's Park