Speedwell Court, a dementia-friendly care home in Southampton’s West End, has been sponsoring a unique hare sculpture on the Hares of Hampshire art trail, taking place across Southampton and Winchester this summer.
Upon ‘discovering’ each sculpture, those following the trail are invited to download the Hares of Hampshire app and enter the hare’s code, which tells the reader a little about the its sponsor and artist, and gives them a reward.
Local artist Jan Erika designed Speedwell Court’s hare, ‘Forget Me Not’, in the bright orange and blue brand colours of The Abbeyfield Society, which manages the home. Abbeyfield is a charity that provides accommodation, care and support for over 8,000 older people worldwide, with its unique model of retirement living helping it to achieve its mission to alleviate loneliness in later life.
Speedwell Court are offering everyone who finds their ‘Forget Me Not’ hare before the deadline of 29th August an opportunity to receive a reusable ‘Hug a Hare’ coffee cup, complete with a free drink, from The Speedwell Court café.
Keen to spread the word, Speedwell Court’s Customer Relations Manager, Deborah Holmes, visited a pop-up shop set up by The Murray Parish Trust in the city centre, alongside actress Sarah Parish, who Co-Founded the Trust, her daughter and members of the Hares of Hampshire team. The Trust, which is coordinating Hares of Hampshire, was raising funds for Southampton Children’s Hospital and offering trail maps and Hares of Hampshire merchandise – including some Hug a Hare mugs.