Sunday, September 20, 2020

Star Wars veteran opens charity memorial display

Warwick Davis, famed for his roles in the Harry Potter and Star Wars franchises, has officially launched St Barnabas Hospice’s memorial display at Doddington Hall.

Designed by Doddington Hall’s head gardener, Jordan Wallhead, more than 1,000 dragonflies are on display on the Croquet Lawn, through the peaceful walled gardens.

Each of these dragonflies has been dedicated by a St Barnabas supporter in memory of a loved one. Supporters will be able to place these dragonflies in their own gardens once the display has finished.

“I get a lot of requests from different charities to become patron, but St Barnabas really stood out to me. I’ve visited one of their hospices here in Lincolnshire and the work they do is brilliant,” said Warwick, who has been a patron of the hospice since 2017.

“There’s a misunderstanding that hospices such as St Barnabas are funded, but the reality is that they have to raise their own funds to survive. End of life care should really exist as part of the health service, but sadly it doesn’t so I’m pleased to be able to help causes like this.

“The dragonfly display at Doddington Hall is beautiful and the importance really comes home when you realise that each one represents a loved one that’s no longer with us. It’s also amazing that each one is helping the hospice with funding.”

Members of the public will be able to visit the display from Saturday 12th to Friday 25th September, 10am to 4pm.

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