Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice recently held their annual Remembering Day ceremony where families supported by the hospice, who have lost a child came together to remember their loved ones.

Remembering Day is an incredibly special day for hundreds of local families who gather at the hospice each year for a poignant celebration of those closest to them whose lives were just too short.

Around 200 people came to the special ceremony, which took place in the hospice gardens. There was singing from the choir, poetry, readings, and a special bubble display from Ian Russell (The Big Bubble Man) who kindly provided his services free of charge. Each family who attended also received a beautiful bunch of flowers courtesy of Sarah’s Florist in Sheffield.

This year, Sheffield artist and designer, Robin Widdowson has created a unique Dragonfly sculpture for the hospice’s dragonfly garden. The masterpiece was unveiled on Remembering Day and made the event all the more special for everyone who attended.  

Robin Widdowson said, “My family have always donated to Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, so it felt right for me to gift this great charity with a sculpture specifically designed for their Dragonfly Garden.

“The artwork is made from 100% reclaimed stainless steel components used to form this intricate sculpture.

“Last year I was supported by steel recycling centre Kuusakoski Ltd and was asked to donate the equivalent cost of materials to a charity, instead of paying them, so naturally I thought of Bluebell Wood and made the donation: the Dragonfly sculpture was, in part, a result of this and subsequent conversations.

“It’s been a pleasure to have created this piece for the garden and I hope it contributes to the tranquillity of its lovely surroundings for those who visit.”

Chesterfield company, Metapic Ltd have kindly dipped the sculpture free of charge to ensure it can withstand the weather elements.

Emma Doughty, Care Services Director at Bluebell Wood, said: “Remembering Day is a very special day for us all at Bluebell Wood and it means so much to the families we support.

“We loved bringing everyone together at the hospice and I’m very proud of our team for organising such a moving, beautiful day where families and staff alike could remember all those who have been a part of the Bluebell Wood family.

“The impressive Dragonfly sculpture unveiling made the day extra special and it really is such a welcome addition to our Dragonfly Garden where families go to remember their loved ones.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to Robin Widdowson for his incredible Dragonfly sculpture, the Big Bubble Man for his wonderful bubble display, our harpist, Lucy Nolan, Sarah’s Florist for providing the wonderful flowers and everyone who made this special event happen.”