Thursday 28th of September, saw a wonderfully successful evening for St Barnabas Hospice, which hosted its farewell and auction of the remaining HeART Trail HeARTs at the Lincoln Museum (formally The Collection).
After a celebratory evening, all of the remaining twelve HeARTs went under the hammer, pushing the total raised to an astounding £150,000 from corporate sponsorship and the auction. The money raised will go directly to St Barnabas, helping to care for people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses across Lincolnshire.
The auction was hosted on the final evening of the HeART Reunion exhibition, which Lincoln Museum hosted from the 14th until the 28th of September. The evening marked a triumphant farewell to The HeART trail, in which campaign partners, sponsors, artists, local individuals and St Barnabas staff and volunteers came together to support the cause.
Local and national artists originally crafted all the HeARTs to form The HeART Trail, which provided a summer of fun for individuals and families across Lincolnshire while raising awareness of the hospice.
From Saturday, 10th June until Monday, 4th September, the thirty wonderful heart-shaped sculptures were available to view all around the county, including in Lincoln, the East Coast and the five towns in which St Barnabas has a Wellbeing Centre.
Caroline Swindin, Head of Fundraising and Lottery at St Barnabas Hospice, said: “Thank you so much for everyone’s support, not only at the auction but throughout the entirety of the HeART Trail; we really appreciate it.
“We are so pleased to announce that all the heARTs have now sold, and we cannot wait for their proud owners to share them pictured in their forever homes across social media.
“The total raised throughout the entire campaign will undoubtedly make a huge difference to the people we support throughout Lincolnshire, and we are thrilled to have hit the £150,000 target”.
St Barnabas thanks the Lincoln Museum for hosting the auction, and HeART Trail sponsors Brown&Co JHWalter for running the evening’s bidding. Alongside the Cross Keys Stow for providing canapes, Tipsy Imp for providing the auction’s drinks reception and Claverings for delivering some of the heARTs to their forever homes.
St Barnabas Hospice is a local independent charity, and every year, they support more than 10,500 people across Lincolnshire.
They deliver free, high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care and support to people living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, their families and carers.
St Barnabas offers the patient and their family hospice care and support via specialist inpatient care, care at home, day therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, complementary therapy, welfare advice and bereavement support.
All the services are free. St Barnabas needs to raise over £6m a year to provide its support and care. Over 900 volunteers play a crucial role in the charity’s success.