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Having a heart to support hospice

Posted onPosted on 24th May

The first personalised hearts bought in a Hospice Hearts project have been planted in the garden of Beaumond House Hospice, Newark.

The aim is to plant 1,000 handmade hearts, featuring the first name of a loved one. The project was launched in April and so far 275 blue-glazed hearts have been bought.

They are being made by potter Karen Chesney, of Norwell, who will place them to create a spectacular display. She put the first 150 hearts in the garden this week.

The hearts include one bought by day therapy patient Joan Denny, of Balderton. Her heart says Absent Friends in memory of five day therapy friends – Irene, Brenda, Valerie, Jean and Pauline.

There is also a heart bearing the name Chantelle – in memory of Chantelle Swindlehurst, a much-loved healthcare assistant at Beaumond House, who died suddenly aged 35.

The heart has been paid for with a donation from a hospice supporter. She asked that a heart should be made bearing the name of a person chosen by Beaumond House.

Individual giving manager Kat Wright, who is managing the project, said they had thought of Chantelle immediately.

The hearts will remain in place until the autumn, when they can be collected to keep.

More details about how to reserve a heart can be found on