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What was the HeART Trail?

The HeART Trail was St Barnabas’ biggest fundraiser to date, that ran throughout the summer of 2023 across the whole of Lincolnshire.

The Trail of 30 HeART-shaped sculptures supported St Barnabas’ 40th anniversary, celebrating over 40 years of being at the heart of the community, caring and supporting people across the county. As a result of the Trail, and the support of everyone who got involved, an incredible £10,000 was raised for St Barnabas hospice, to help faciality the vital work our clinicians do each and every day for our patients across Lincolnshire.

20 sculptures were in Lincoln, 5 were on the East Coast and another 5 were in towns where St Barnabas have a Wellbeing Centre – Boston, Gainsborough, Grantham, Louth and Spalding.

Each sculpture was created by an artist (nicknamed ‘HeARTist’) who submitted their design for consideration, and our Trail sponsors chose their favourite. Click here to meet our HeARTists.

Throughout the duration of the Trail, supporters were able to find our mini trail Young at HeART at the Waterside Shopping Centre in Lincoln. This was a collection of sculptures designed and made by students of 19 schools and nurseries.

HeART Trail merchandise including guides, maps and mini HeARTs were available to purchase from St Barnabas charity shops, Lincoln’s Visitor Information Centre, and the Trail’s HeART Hubs, hosted across the county. Our Mini HeARTs are still available to purchase for £9.99. To find out more and to purchase your own, please click here!

See the HeARTs

Rachel honours mother with HeART

One of the artists of the Trail was 22-year-old Rachel Benson from Welton, her HeART was located outside the St Barnabas charity shop at the bottom of Steep Hill in Lincoln.

In March 2022, Rachel’s mother Glenis was diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, the condition was terminal and her health deteriorated rapidly. On 11th April, Glenis was taken into the St Barnabas Inpatient Unit in Lincoln, with Rachel and the rest of their family always by her bedside.

Rachel says: “Spending those last ten days with mum was so special, the nurses gave her amazing care. They would give us all the time in the world to spend with her, we could even stay overnight at the Hospice.

“We were given so much love and sympathy. Those extra touches make St Barnabas so wonderful. The care, compassion and love St Barnabas provided not just to mum as their patient but to us as the whole family is just amazing.”

Rachel's story in full

About St Barnabas

St Barnabas Hospice is the leading charity in Lincolnshire providing palliative and end-of-life care to adults living with a life-limiting or terminal illness.

Our Vision

Our Vision is a world where dying with dignity, compassion and having choices is a fundamental part of a life.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to ensure all individuals facing the end of their life in Lincolnshire receive dignified, compassionate care when they require it and where they ask for it.

More about St Barnabas

Our year in numbers 22/23

  • We received 3,166 new patient referrals and handled over 87,000 phone calls
  • Our Community Clinical nursing teams were involved in the triage/care of 3,306 patients
  • We cared for 273 patients in our Hospices in Lincoln and Grantham
  • 939 patients received Occupational Therapy and 5,621 received Physiotherapy
  • Our Counselling/Bereavement Service supported 859 new clients
  • Welfare team assisted 5,323 clients receiving £9,830,929 worth of benefits
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