Forget Me Not Centre 
2nd Birthday Appeal

Help us celebrate 2 years of providing ‘wrap around’ bereavement care at
The Forget Me Not Centre

The Centre opened in June 2022 to offer a safe space for children, adults and families to connect and to meet others dealing with the death of someone that meant the world to them.  

In 2023 the Forget Not Centre helped local people to express and deal with their grief, through a range of activities and therapy resources, including: 

  • 253 bereavement support sessions for adults 
  • 135 children and young people therapy sessions 
  • Outreach work with schools, teenagers and the monthly St John’s Grief Café  

Your one-off donation could help families receive the care and support that makes a positive difference to somebody’s today and tomorrow. 

One-off Donation

Choose your 2nd Birthday Appeal donation amount:

Gift Aid for St John’s Hospice

Gift Aid adds 25% in value to any donation you make to St John’s Hospice. These much needed funds are already helping us to provide care and support for patients and their families in your local area. If you are a UK taxpayer and the donation is your own money (not from a collection, in return for goods or from a business), St John’s Hospice can claim from HMRC an extra 25p for every £1 you donate, therefore increasing your donation by 25%!

By ticking the above box, you are confirming that you want to Gift Aid your donation and any donations you make in the future or have made in the past 4 years to St John's Hospice, Lancaster. You are confirming that you are a UK taxpayer and understand that if you pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year, it is your responsibility to pay any difference. You understand that Gift Aid is reclaimed by St John’s Hospice from the tax you pay to the current tax year. For more information, please go to


Support a family like Melanie’s

Meet Melanie and her daughters Leah and Daisy, who have been supported by the Forget Me Not Centre team, during and following the death of their loving husband and father, Darren who sadly died on Father’s Day in 2023: 

“We couldn’t thank the Hospice enough for our amazing 3 weeks with Darren before his passing and the amazing work the Forget Me Not Centre offers to us even after death. 
We would be truly lost without this amazing place and we will continue to go when we need to…it’s made the loss more bearable.” 

A one-off donation from you to the Forget Me Not Centre at St John’s is a practical 2nd birthday gift for a family like the Thompson’s or to someone who is grieving alone. 

Your donation will help us continue to be the safe space for people to deal with their grief. 

What could my donation help provide?

A image showing the contents of a hug bag, with sweet treats, a special book of letters, and activities


Could pay for a hug bag which includes sensory and wellbeing resources to support children to manage and express their feelings on death and dying.

A counsellor sits with an elderly woman for a 1 to 1 session.


Could fund a session of 1-1 bereavement support for an adult, helping them work through painful feelings of loss and reach a place where they can cherish the memories of their loved one.

A family group smile after a family session at the Forget Me Not Centre holding up artwork they have created


Could pay for a family therapy session at the Forget Me Not Centre, which allows a whole family to process their loss and to resolve any areas of conflict or distress.

A female councillor sits with a male client while they hold cups of tea and coffee during a Grief Café session


Could pay for a monthly Grief Café, a supportive group for bereaved adults to access peer support and formal therapy in a relaxed, informal environment, over a cup of tea.