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Make a heart for someone who has cared for you

Weymouth Town Council have joined forces with two local churches and the Let’s Make It Community Group to recognise and celebrate people who provide care for others.

The aim is to create a heart-themed display outside St Mary’s Church in the town centre and Emmanuel Church in Southill. It will include names or personal messages from people who would like to dedicate a heart to someone who has cared for them. The display will take place from 10th March 2021 for two weeks to coincide with Mothering Sunday.

You can get involved by making knitted, crocheted, painted or hand-drawn hearts for the display. The hearts can be dropped through the letter box of St Mary’s Church along with any words of dedication. Words can also be emailed to juliehursthouse@weymouthtowncouncil.gov.uk

The Leonard Cheshire group have also donated glass crystal hearts to display. The group are keen to encourage adults with learning disabilities to take wellness walks.

Rev. Jo Haines, Team Vicar of St Mary’s and Emmanuel Church, said:

“Mothering Sunday has been celebrated in the UK on the fourth Sunday in Lent since at least the 16th century.”

“This project is a chance to say thanks for all the people who take on a caring role in our community and have cared and served us during the time of the pandemic. Combining it with an arts project is very exciting and uplifting.”

Cllr Gill Taylor, Community Development Champion, said:

“This is such a wonderful idea, and it is great to be working in partnership once again with the churches. This project is open to anyone who wants to get involved.”

“To make a simple heart only takes a few minutes, but the overall effect will look fantastic. It will brighten up the town centre bringing a much-needed boost to our residents. We are working with some of the local primary schools to help us make some of the hearts”.

For more information or if you would like a free pattern, please contact Julie Hursthouse by calling 07980 730029 or emailing juliehursthouse@weymouthtowncouncil.gov.uk.