Creative Fundraiser of the year nomination

Gloucester Widow shortlisted for award from world’s leading online fundraising site

A 51-year-old Widow from Gloucester is one of three to be shortlisted out of 35,000 nominations in the 2018 Just Giving Awards for the title of Creative Fundraiser of the Year.


Clare Young created the ‘Work of Heart Garden’ in memory of her husband, Ken. 

It's a 4m by 4m full size woollen garden modelled on a hospice bedroom, and Clare hopes it will help her raise £50,000 during the year her husband would have turned 50 in support of the hospice who cared for him, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court.


So far Clare has raised almost £22,000 of her target, and her fundraising has earned her a finalist spot in the 2018 Just Giving Awards.

The winner will be decided by a public vote and announced at a ceremony in London on November 21, sharing inspirational stories from finalists with people across the world. Voting is now open at


Clare said: “I’m totally speechless to be shortlisted. Raising awareness of and funds for the wonderful care Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice gives to people like Ken has been all I wanted to achieve with Work of Heart Garden. People thought I was crazy when I said I wanted to raise £50,000 this year as part of it, and I am almost half way there! Just being shortlisted for this award means the world to me.”


The garden grew from the seed of an idea after Clare’s psychologist suggested she pick up her knitting needles to help manage the symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD she was experiencing following her husband’s death from cancer in 2015.

Clare started knitting dolls to sell at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court, then yarn bombed the hospice with a special thank you message. The press coverage from this led to an invitation for her to create something at RHS Malvern Spring Festival, where her friend Suzy Hillier heads up Commercial Operations.


Clare gathered together friends, volunteers and community groups to pull together a once in a life time creation and set up an online giving page on JustGiving so people could donate towards her efforts in support of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court.

The creation became the first ever full size knitted show garden installation for the RHS, proudly unveiled and showcased at RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2018. It has since appeared at The Cotswold Show and Food Festival and is currently installed at Gloucester Cathedral until 29th August.


Elise Hoadley, Hospice Director at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice said, “We were overjoyed when we heard Clare and the Work of Heart Garden has been shortlisted for the prestigious Just Giving Awards 2018. It is so well deserved! Clare and the garden have done amazing things; raising awareness of our hospice, raising much needed funds for our care and encouraging people to speak about loss. Clare’s story is quite incredible, especially when she herself is still coming to terms with her own loss. Clare is our winner already.”

“We often say the Work of Heart garden is ‘wool balling’ as it continues to touch so many people. We would love to keep the garden wool balling by helping Clare pick up this wonderful award in November. That’s why we’re asking people to get behind Clare and the Work of Heart Garden by voting for them in the public vote. You can do so by visiting and selecting Clare Young from the list of amazing finalists.”


You can still donate to Work of Heart Garden to help Clare reach her £50,000 target.



For more information on Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice visit


For more information on the Just Giving Awards and to vote for Clare and the Work of Heart Garden visit 



Issued by Hayley Clemmens, Marketing and PR Officer Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, email or call 01242 246281.


Notes to Editors


Founded in 1953, Sue Ryder  is a national health and social care charity providing compassionate hospice and neurological care across the UK. It does this throughout its 7 hospices; 4 neurological care centres; community-based services and in people’s own homes.


Sue Ryder offers a range of personalised care, advice, education and support services in local communities to help improve the lives of individuals – including their carers and families – with conditions such as cancer; heart failure; respiratory failure; dementia; acquired brain injury; multiple sclerosis; Huntington’s disease; Parkinson’s disease and Motor Neurone disease.


In order to continue to provide and develop its range of invaluable services, Sue Ryder relies predominantly on income from its retail shops, fundraising activities and generous donations from members of the public.


For more information please visit