Sponsor a ‘Work of Heart’ for a loved one this Valentine’s

Clare and her late husband Ken on their wedding day

Clare Young, a widow from Gloucester whose late husband was cared for at our Leckhampton Court Hospice, is inviting people to sponsor a knitted heart this Valentine’s Day.

For just £5, each sponsored heart will feature in a full-size knitted show garden installation that she’s creating at RHS Malvern Spring Festival in memory of her husband, Ken.

Clare is offering anyone the chance to sponsor a ‘Work of Heart’ in return for a suggested donation of £5. A knitted or crocheted heart will then be created for a loved one and displayed on a specially designed tree within the show garden, which will be revealed at the festival from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th May.

All donations raised from these sponsored ‘Works of Heart’ will contribute towards the ambitious fundraising goal that the Gloucestershire widow has set herself. Clare aims to raise a whopping £50,000 for our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, to both commemorate what would have been Ken’s 50th year and thank us for our care.

An outpouring of international support

"The garden has grown into something far bigger than I ever imagined; the response has been incredible," says Clare. "People have been knitting hearts in memory of loved ones from all over the world and this garden is all about love so Valentine’s Day seemed like a perfect opportunity to make a timely tribute to someone special."

Since the plans were unveiled in January, the garden has received an outpouring of support from across the UK and beyond. Crafters and community groups from Minchinhampton to Missouri, USA, and from Cheltenham to Christchurch, New Zealand, have been busy crafting knitted hearts for the garden.

"Last week, I had an email from Ian, a widower who had seen news of the garden and instinctively knew that he wanted to donate his late wife Jane’s wool to my garden," Clare continues. "She was an amazing weaver and keen gardener so I am making a pot of flowers for Ian using Jane’s wool.

"By giving people the opportunity to sponsor a Work of Heart in memory of a loved one or as a gift of love for a partner, I hope more people can be a part of the project, whilst helping me raise funds for the hospice that cared for my husband so beautifully," she concludes.

How to sponsor a Work of Heart

To have a work of heart displayed for a loved one in the Work of Heart Garden, please visit  you can make a suggested donation of £5 and leave a Valentine’s message for your loved one via Clare's JustGiving page.

All proceeds from the Work of Heart garden will be donated to our Leckhampton Court Hospice, helping us provide specialist care for people living with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Find out more about the Work of Heart Garden