The Grand Unveiling of our 25th Anniversary Robins

The Cransley Hospice Trust 25th Anniversary art installation “Robins appear when loved ones are near” was unveiled at The Chester House Estate.

The Cransley Hospice Trust 25th Anniversary art installation “Robins appear when loved ones are near” was unveiled on Friday evening. HM Lord-Lieutenant James Saunders Watson attended the special reception for supporters to open the installation in memory of loved ones and to raise vital donations.

The 500 Robins are majestically perched on stakes in the ground in the shape of a heart, reflective of the Cransley Hospice Trust logo, 250 white Robins encircled by 250 black. The shadows and movement of the each of the Robins as they gently oscillate in the wind gives the exhibition a special movement and texture. Each Robin has been individually hand crafted by local potter, Louise Crookenden-Johnson and carefully arranged, pointing to large hand painted ceramic piece.

At a focal point of the installation is a larger piece of ceramic pottery, specially made by Louise. This piece has been commissioned in-memory of Gerard O’Flaherty, the Chaplain at Cransley Hospice who died unexpectedly just a few weeks ago and will be given to the hospice in his memory after the exhibition.

Jennifer Caldwell, who purchased a Robin in memory of her son Craig who died in the hospice, was at the unveiling on Friday evening with her family and said “I can’t believe how beautiful the installation is – it’s so moving. I’m so glad that we were able to come and see it first, on such a perfect evening and meet the artist. We purchased quite a few for the family and will be putting them in our gardens in memory of Craig. The support Cransley Hospice gave to me and my family was incredible and will never be forgotten – it means a lot to us to be here and to support Cransley.”

Cransley Hospice Trust hope to raise in excess of £20,000 from the 25th anniversary art installation to support and develop end of life care for the community of North Northamptonshire.

The unique installation has been sponsored by AAbott and Sons, BED Electrical, CFW Chartered Accountants, Chester House Estate, Elsby and Co, Knights and Hide, Smurfit Kapaa, Tollers Solicitors, Wilson Brown Solicitors and Yusen Logistics and will remain at Chester House until the 25th June, free for anyone to visit.

Anyone wishing to support Cransley Hospice Trust in their 25th anniversary year can donate by clicking here.