A night at the museum for St Barnabas Hospice HeART Auction

21st September 2023

Six of colourful hearts lined one behind the other against a stone wall inside Lincoln Museum. The front heart depicts a countryside scene with wild flowers.

After a wonderful summer spreading joy and awareness of hospice care, the St Barnabas Hospice HeART Trail has now come to an end.

From Saturday 10th June until Monday 4th September, thirty wonderful heart-shaped sculptures were available to view all around the county, including in Lincoln, the East Coast and the five towns in which St Barnabas has a Wellbeing Centre.

Although the trail has now ended, the campaign continues with a HeART Reunion exhibition. Hosted by the Lincoln Museum (formerly The Collection) from the 14th until 28th September, the exhibition offers the chance for the public to see the sculptures again, all in one place.A wide angle picture of all the hearts inside the Lincoln Museum. They are all sitting on a stone floor and lined again a textured, stone wall.

The Lincoln Museum is free to enter and is open Thursday to Monday from 10 am to 4 pm. The museum will be hosting twenty-seven of the thirty sculptures for viewing.

The three sculptures not available for viewing at the reunion exhibition, include the ‘Seat of Love’, located in Lincoln’s Waterside Shopping Centre until 21st September. ‘Notes of Love’, which is still available to see at the St Barnabas ‘superstore’ The Warehouse in Lincoln until 28th September and, finally, the ‘In Memory of Stefanos’ sculpture which can now be found at the St Barnabas Wellbeing Centre in Louth.

On the 23rd and 24th of September, from 10 am to 3 pm, St Barnabas fundraising staff and volunteers will be hosting Heart Hubs at the Lincoln Museum. Here, people can find out more about the HeARTs and the work of St Barnabas in the local community.

On the final evening of the Reunion, the museum will host an auction of twelve of the HeART Trail sculptures. Tickets for this exclusive evening are still available for purchase on the charity’s website.

Danny, a nurse for St Barnabas ‘Hospice at Home’, says: “The HeARTs raise awareness of the work that we do in the community with life limiting and palliative illnesses.

Yellow heart with red lettering that spells 'LOVE' and a Green heart with woodland animals inside the Lincoln Museum “Twelve HeART sculptures will be available to bid on, on the 28th of September at the Lincoln Museum. The bidding will start at £3,000 per sculpture.

“There are limited spaces available at the auction. You can book your tickets online or make a proxy bid if you’re unable to attend in person.

“All of the funds raised will go towards St Barnabas so that we can continue to support people in and around Lincolnshire. If you’re interested in art and supporting a local charity, then don’t miss out.

Only a few dozen tickets are available at £15 each, with welcome drinks and canapés included. To find out more and buy tickets to the HeART Trail auction, visit: https://stbarnabashospice.co.uk/hearttrail/auction/

St Barnabas gives thanks to the Lincoln Museum for hosting the auction, and to HeART Trail sponsors Brown& Co JHWalter for running the evening’s bidding and Tipsy Imp for providing the auction’s drinks reception.

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