Rainbow of ribbon memories

Rainbow of Ribbons day at Overgate Hospice, Elland.
Rainbow of Ribbons day at Overgate Hospice, Elland.

Overgate Hospice, Elland, held their annual Rainbow of Ribbons day to commemorate and celebrate loved ones, past and present.

Families and friends were invited to place an array of colorful and textural ribbons in the gardens of Overgate; to mark someone special.

Friendly Brass Band played melodic ensembles as visitors strolled around the grounds.

Lauren Ingram, Overgate community fundraiser said: “We’ve had a steady flow of people coming to visit and lay ribbons in the trees,shrubs and on benches.

“The day is an opportunity to appreciate loved ones who are here as well as remembering those who are sadly not.”

500 ribbons adorned trees.

Eric Dwyer, 85, of Shelf, sat reflecting on a bench. He said: “I’ve come here to donate and remember my late wife.”

Another visitor, Janet Foster, 32, of Elland, said: “I’ve come to tie a purple ribbon for my mum who died four-years-ago. I’ve been coming here for a long time, to remember her.”

For the first time, Todmorden also held a Rainbow of Ribbon event at St Mary’s church for those who cannot travel to Elland.

Overgate Hospice hope the event will raise £12,000.