Going once, twice, sold: HeARTs under the hammer

1st August 2023

Sculpture made of horseshoes on blue plinth, outside of brick building with Lincoln Museum signage on door

This summer, St Barnabas Hospice is spreading joy and awareness of hospice care through their HeART Trail.

Thirty beautiful heart-shaped sculptures are currently on display around Lincolnshire for families to enjoy until 4th September, with Trail guides and maps available to purchase from the Hospice’s 25 charity shops.Actor Warwick Davis, patron of St Barnabas, on Segway next to heart shaped sculpture with paintings of seals.

Once the Trail ends, the Lincoln Museum (formerly The Collection) will be hosting a HeART Reunion exhibition from 12th until 28th September where people can see all the sculptures in one place.

On the last evening of the Reunion, the museum will host an auction of eleven HeART Trail sculptures. Tickets for this exclusive event have just been released via the charity’s website.

Caroline Swindin, Head of Fundraising & Lottery at St Barnabas, says: “Bidding on one of our Trail sculptures is an amazing opportunity to support local hospice care and obtain a unique ‘HeARTwork’.

“The bidding for each of these stunning HeARTs will start at £3,000, with some of the bespoke metal and wooden sculptures expecting to raise over £10,000 each.

Heart-shaped sculpture with paintings of wildlife and nature scenes.“All funds raised on the night will go to St Barnabas, so we can keep caring for people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses around the county. If we raise a total of £50,000, we can fund a nurse for a whole year to provide vital care in patients’ own homes.

“We organised the HeART Trail to show our love for the communities that we serve every day, with over 12,000 people receiving our care annually. The Trail has seen massive amounts of people take part so far, and we hope the auction will be a huge success too.

“We want to raise as much as we can, so if you’re interested in art and supporting a local, independent charity, don’t miss out. If you can’t make it to the auction, we have a proxy bid form you can complete on our website.

“Apply for tickets for the HeART Trail auction and get your bidding paddle in the air!

Heart-shaped wooden sculpture outside of St James Church in Louth

Space in the Lincoln Museum is very limited, with only a few dozen tickets available at £15 each, including welcome drinks and canapés. St Barnabas kindly ask for people to only purchase a ticket if they are interested in bidding on the night.

To find out more and buy tickets to the HeART Trail auction on 28th September, visit: https://stbarnabashospice.co.uk/hearttrail/auction/

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


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