You can now see a Trail of Hope installation in Eye where comprising six large and six mini delightfully decorated hares and tortoises on show around the town. Organised by The Blossom Charity and Dream On, both based in Eye, The Trail of Hope is a celebration of the good things to come out of the lockdown period, from the recognition and appreciation of all our key workers who have kept us safe and fed, to the great sense of community spirit as neighbours and volunteers help each other to make life easier, to simply having the time to enjoy the world around us.
Please click here to view/download our Trail Flyer.
Over the summer, it will be great place to visit with families and friends, enjoying the lovely market town of Eye and enjoying time outdoors walking around the sculpture trail. The trail will run until 11th September. Maps can be found in local shops (including Dream On, Homestart, East of England and Central England Coops, and The Handyman). We’d love people to follow share their pictures on #trailofhopeeye. The animals will then be auctioned on 17th September to raise funds for The Blossom Charity.
Bridget McIntyre, founder of The Blossom Charity said “We know that lockdown was really tough for many people and times will continue to be difficult and very different. We wanted our trail to show that there is always hope to help us move forwards by celebrating the heroes and positives to come out of it. Our talented artists have worked extremely hard to ensure that the decorated animals depict some of the good in these unprecedented times.”
Abhilash Gopi, home manager at Hartismere Place, one of the trail’s sponsors said: “We’re thrilled to be sponsoring Colonel Tom the Gentlehare as part of the Eye Trail of Hope. Here at Hartismere Place, we are keen to play an active role in our local community and so we’re delighted to be able to support The Blossom Charity, which helps to improve the lives of those living in East Anglia. Residents and team members have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this initiative, as well as paying tribute to Colonel Tom, who has inspired everyone here at Hartismere Place. We have loved having Colonel Tom the Gentlehare at the home for a few days, and residents are looking forward to visiting the sculpture outside of the church as soon as we are safely able.”
To offer support and help to men and women coming out of lockdown, The Blossom Charity will soon be launching a new Reboot programme which offers workshops to people who have been impacted by the crisis – those who may have lost their jobs or businesses, or lost their confidence and don’t know what to do next or find it hard to get going again. We will help people make sense of what they have been through and help them on the road to living their best lives. What is it that they want to keep or change in their home or work lives? How can they rebuild their confidence? If this is something you feel you would benefit from then please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.