Warwick Davis launches St Barnabas dragonfly appeal at Doddington Hall

St Barnabas patron and Harry Potter film star, Warwick Davis, visited Doddington Hall last week to launch their dragonfly appeal memorial display.

Partnered with St Barnabas Hospice, Doddington Hall is showcasing an array of more than 1,000 hand crafted iron dragonflies in their gardens in memory of loved ones this month, and members of the public can visit the display until September 25.

Warwick Davis and his wife Samantha.

Warwick, who has been a patron of the hospice since 2017 said: “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.

“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.”

Visitors will be able to spend a quiet moment reflecting in the peaceful surroundings, follow an interactive lily pad story trail around the display, get support from members of the St Barnabas Wellbeing team and learn more about the significance of the dragonflies.

There will also be the opportunity for children to take part in craft sessions on certain days.

Members of the public can visit if they have made a booking on the Doddington Hall website.

The display is included in general garden admission of £7.50 for adults, £3.50 for children and £19 for a family.

Supporters who have dedicated a dragonfly in memory of a loved one can get in free with a guest but will still need to book a day to visit online.

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