Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Raft of flowers to remember loved ones

PUBLISHED: 06:30 21 May 2012

John Stanley will be remembering his late wife Pam at the Floating Bye memorial at Instow next month.

John Stanley will be remembering his late wife Pam at the Floating Bye memorial at Instow next month.

Archant

Hospice’s poignant floral sea tribute on an evening to remember.

NORTH Devon Hospice is inviting people to remember their loved ones at a poignant event taking place on the seashore at Instow next month.

A specially-made raft carrying dozens of flowers will be towed out to sea by local gig boats to the sounds of gentle music and poetry, at around 5.30pm on Sunday, June 17.

In return for a donation, each orange gerbera will carry an individual message in memory of someone special.

Among those attending the Floating Bye event will be John Stanley, from Goodleigh, who has attended each year since his wife lost her battle with cancer in 2008.

He said: “Pam was cared for by North Devon Hospice and the support she received made a huge difference.

“Instow was Pam’s favourite place so it felt very fitting that the event should take place there.

“My daughter came along and we sat in the burrows watching the raft floating out to sea. It was beautiful, and the fact that our message to Pam was on that raft, along with hundreds of other flowers, gave me a very comforting feeling.”

Since attending Floating Bye for the first time, John said he had personally benefitted from coming back year after year.

“Writing a message then attaching it to a flower feels like making contact in some way, which is a nice feeling,” he said.

“There are also lots of other people there who are in the same position, so there is a very supportive atmosphere. This is just another way in which North Devon Hospice extends its support to the whole family, even long after someone has died.

“Such was the level of care we received that I promised I would return to become a volunteer at the hospice, which is exactly what I have done.

“I would encourage anyone who has lost someone, whether recently or in the past, to come along to Floating Bye because it is a special and unique experience.”

Rebecca Worth, from North Devon Hospice’s fundraising team, said this year’s event happened to fall on Father’s Day, which will make it especially poignant for some people.

She said: “There is always a very supportive atmosphere on the night. Everyone is welcome to come along, whether they have had any contact with the hospice or not.

“Even if you can’t be there on the night, we will happily place a flower and a message on the raft for you. Please do call me and I will be happy to help.”

For more information, telephone Rebecca on 01271 347204.

Other News Stories

07:00

Ed Byrne and Jason Manford are just two names booked for the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe for 2018

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30

All the images from our ‘Boats’ photo challenge.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:16

New offices, coffee shop and restaurant proposed for former ‘Brunswick Yard’ building at Rolle Quay in Barnstaple

Read more
Yesterday, 15:23

Emergency services rushed to the Valley of Rocks at Lynton after a woman fell from the cliff

Read more
Yesterday, 11:53

Runner in red t-shirt may have ‘vital information’ after clash between JCB driver and another runner on August 24

Read more
Yesterday, 08:05

Two people were trapped inside a car after it collided with a hedge and rolled onto its roof in Simonsbath yesterday (Sunday).

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

Get your tickets for the Over & Above Halloween Ball in Barnstaple on Saturday, October 28

Read more
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Lorinda and Paul Langford gave up high flying jobs to open The Darnley Hotel in Ilfracombe

Read more
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hundreds of people have completed a ‘gruelling’ obstacle course in support of North Devon Hospice.

Read more
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Winds of up to 65mph could hit North Devon tomorrow (Monday).

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications