Unique exhibition deals with love and loss in support of CLIC Sargent

Bereavement charity My Blue Heart is hosting an exciting exhibition and art sale at the Apex Gallery, Bury St. Edmunds, from 2 to 27 September. Profits raised from the exhibition and sales of selected artworks will be donated to CLIC Sargent. 

Unique exhibition deals with love and loss in support of CLIC Sargent

Focusing on the theme of love, loss and what it means to say 'I carry your heart in mine', the unique exhibition will be celebrated by a launch evening on Sunday 6 September at 6pm, followed by two free bereavement workshops on Tuesday 8 September.

Come along to the exhibition

Many local and national artists will feature in the exhibition in addition to Amanda Tonkin-Hill from Australia, who when she heard about the exhibition was inspired to gift one of her paintings in support of the charity.

Entry to the exhibition is free of charge, and profits raised from the exhibition and sales of selected artworks will be donated to CLIC Sargent. 

Founded by Shirley Gower in 2012 following the loss of her 14 year old daughter Jess to primary bone cancer, My Blue Heart aims to give bereaved people a way to show others they are grieving through wearing their unique heart-shaped badges in forget-me-not blue, with a red heart in its heart. 


The symbol is a direct response to the feelings of those, including Mrs Gower, who struggle to exist in the ‘normal’ world after suffering a great loss with no way for people to know what they are going through.

The distinctive badge has created a simple and effective way for people to communicate their grief without the need for words.

CLIC Sargent supported the Gower family through their loss and its Social Workers continue to help other families in similar circumstances.

CLIC Sargent also offers specialist holidays for children and young people and their families when they suffer the loss of a loved one to childhood cancer.

All artwork featured in the exhibition, which runs throughout Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, will be for sale both during the exhibition and in an online gallery on the My Blue Heart website.

Susan McCrea, a My Blue Heart trustee, said: “We have been overwhelmed with the contributions we have received from professional artists.

"We are also pleased to be able to use promotional flyers which have been designed by students from the Graphic Design department at Long Road 6th Form College in Cambridge."

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Daisy Turner said: “We are thrilled that My Blue Heart is organising what promises to be a brilliant event. 

"Last year CLIC Sargent supported 70 families from Suffolk alone which in some cases included bereavement support. Events such as these are vital to enable CLIC Sargent to continue its essential work in the community.”


In response to the theme of the exhibition and the ethos of My Blue Heart, two free bereavement workshops, supported by Lucy Coote of Rosedale Funeral Home, will be running at 11am (for adults) and 4pm (for children) on Tuesday 8 September.

Find out more

For more information about the exhibition or bereavment workshops, please contact event organiser Shirley Gower on 07786 933 563 or email: exhibition@myblueheart.co.uk.

To find out how you can organise your own event for CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Daisy Turner on 01284 829 090 or email: daisy.turner@clicsargent.org.uk.