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Butterfly appeal nets bumper sum for charity

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Hundreds of purple butterflies on the grounds of Gloucester Cathedral and Stroud’s Museum in the Park have raised more than £27,000 for charity.

The mesmerising artwork was part of Longfield Community Hospice’s Butterfly Appeal and the funds will help towards the hospice’s vital work with patients, families, and carers across Gloucestershire. 

Rachel Jones, Head of Fundraising and Marketing said: “I’m grateful to our local community for giving so generously to the appeal. Thank you to the volunteers who helped set up and dismantle the artwork, the host venues involved, and our sponsor, Daikin. 

“This was our first community event in 15 months and it was lovely to see supporters out and about enjoying the installations. 

“If you visited the butterfly artwork, I hope it gave you a chance to pause, reflect and celebrate the life of someone special to you.”

Supporter, Angela Pearce, dedicated her butterfly in memory of daughter Vicky who was cared for by Longfield Hospice. She said:

“Longfield helped us through some difficult times. The Butterfly Appeal is a wonderful way of keeping Vicky’s memory alive for us all.”

Now the installation has closed, many butterflies have flown off to their forever homes with supporters of the appeal. 

If you would like a butterfly as a lasting tribute to a loved one, it’s not too late. Donate today at www.longfield.org.uk\butterfly-appeal and a beautiful butterfly will wing its way to your home address. The suggested donation for a butterfly is £25 or more.

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