St Barnabas staff at the launch of the HeART Trail. Pictured courtesy of David Harrison Photography.

Give your HeART to hospice

As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, a Lincolnshire hospice is urging South Holland to get involved with creating its new HeART Trail.

2022 is a big year for St Barnabas which runs services across Lincolnshire, including weekly sessions in Spalding.

The HeART Trail is one of its usual fundraisers and involves sculptures being erected with special designs.

In the past it’s just been in and around Lincoln, but this year St Barnabas wants to take it all across Lincolnshire.

Artists, both professional and amateur, local and national, are now invited to submit their designs to be part of the trail.

Sponsors will select either a finished design or an artist with whom they would like to work. The artists will then be commissioned to create their design during April and May.

The hospice is encouraging local businesses to ‘have heart’ and sponsor a sculpture to celebrate the 40th anniversary.

Unlike other trails, once a company sponsors a heart, it will be theirs to keep once the trail is finished. They will select their chosen design in March 2022.

St Barnabas aims to raise £300,000 and put Lincolnshire on the map in 2022.

Schools can also get involved with the Young at HeART Trail. It will be as inclusive as possible, with each school or community group being paired with a local artist and given the tools to produce their very own heart sculpture.

Veronica McBain, head of fundraising and lottery at St Barnabas Hospice said: “The plans for our 40th anniversary are very ambitious, and we want to use the year as a celebration of the incredible growth we have achieved, as well as the supporters who have helped us get here.

“We want you to join us and be part of the most significant Lincolnshire tourism and community marketing campaign for 2022, whilst raising much-needed funds for your local hospice.”

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