Paying tribute to a real Work of Heart

Sue Ryder is paying tribute to much loved supporter, Clare Young, creator of the Work of Heart Garden, who died on 27th September in the care of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, who she so passionately helped raise funds for.

Clare Young in the Work of Heart Garden, surrounded by her flower creations.
Clare Young in the Work of Heart Garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.

Love, awareness and encouragement

Clare Young created the ‘Work of Heart Garden’, a 4m by 4m full size woollen garden modelled on a hospice bedroom, in memory of her husband Ken after being advised to knit by her psychologist to help manage her grief and mental health symptoms following his loss.

The support and love the knitted garden attracted truly ‘wool balled’, resulting in an outpouring of love, an increase in awareness of hospice care and encouragement for people to openly talk about their grief. 

“Her amazing creativity and bubbly personality meant Clare touched the hearts and lives of many people”

Elise Hoadley, Director at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice said, “Clare set out to raise money in support of our hospice after her husband Ken was cared for and died here. Her amazing creativity and bubbly personality meant Clare touched the hearts and lives of many people.

“With her team of knitters and with the support of others, Clare set out to create 10,000 knitted hearts to be hung on trees surrounding the knitted garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2018; all in support of Sue Ryder.

Clare Young, surrounded by a giant heart formed from knitted and crochet hearts sent to her.
Clare surrounded by knitted and crochet hearts sent to her from around the world.

Hearts from across the globe

“The response was phenomenal and led to 52,000 hearts being sent from across the globe from as far away as Australia, America, Belgium, Holland, as well as from Women's Institute groups and individual knitters in the UK whose hearts were touched by Clare's story.

“Clare responded personally to each individual parcel received, to say 'thank you'. She raised the awareness of the care provided by Sue Ryder to more people than we could have ever anticipated, and in the process Clare was crowned Creative Fundraiser of the Year at the national Just Giving Awards 2018.

“For everything Clare did we will always be truly thankful”

“For everything Clare did we will always be truly thankful. It was with both sadness and honour that we were able to be there for Clare and her family when she needed our care and support.”

Clare’s family and friends are continuing Clare’s legacy in the hope they can realise her Work of Heart Garden wish to raise ‘£50KforKen’ in support of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

Clare’s son, Henry Davies added, “Clare spent her final weeks under the incredible care of the wonderful Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice that she and so many others tirelessly raised funds for as part of the Work of Heart Garden.

“Her ambition was to raise at least £50k for the hospice. Her family and friends wish to honour her by continuing her legacy, so we’ve established a Memorial Fund in Clare’s name.

“The family invite all of you to donate to this page - all proceeds going to Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. Please give generously, and contribute to the page by uploading photos and movies, lighting candles, and sharing memories of the wonderful Clare and the Work of Heart Garden.”

Find out further information on Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, the expert palliative care they provide and other ways you can help to support them.

Help continue Clare's legacy

Clare’s family and friends are continuing her legacy in the hope they can realise her Work of Heart Garden wish to raise funds in support of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.