Forget-me-not trail finds support from vets

Matthew Fry, Principal Veterinary Surgeon and Director of Quarrington Veterinary Surgery with Samantha Shand Registered Veterinary Nurse, who created the 'have a heart' forget me not biodegradable plant hearts, and Ashley Hanlon who painted the forget me nots for each animal recipient of the PDSA Dickin Medal. EMN-160509-181041001
Matthew Fry, Principal Veterinary Surgeon and Director of Quarrington Veterinary Surgery with Samantha Shand Registered Veterinary Nurse, who created the 'have a heart' forget me not biodegradable plant hearts, and Ashley Hanlon who painted the forget me nots for each animal recipient of the PDSA Dickin Medal. EMN-160509-181041001

A local vets surgery has thrown itself behind the Remembrance Trail being painted around Sleaford by local artist Ashley Hanlon.

She is painting forget-me-nots on the windows of buildings and businesses raising money for Moriarty’s ‘Paws for Thought’ Charities and has just completed painting the foyer windows of Quarrington Veterinary Surgery with enough flowers to represent each animal recipient of the PDSA Dickin medal for gallantry.

Responding to the artwork, the surgery has put on a display about those that earned the medals and how they were achieved and nurse Samantha Shand has been creating biodegradable forget me not seeded hearts, which are for sale at £1 at the surgery. The money raised will go to Moriarty’s Paws for Thought Charities.

Sam has also come up with the idea of making their own wave - like the Poppy Wave on show at Lincoln Castle - to commemorate the PDSA Dickin Medal Animals, outside the surgery. These flowers will be auctioned off after Remembrance Sunday, and each winning bid will receive a flower covered trifold with information about the animal and how they came to receive their Dickin Medal. Money raised will go to the PDSA, who award the Dickin Medals.

There are fascinating stories about how pigeons, horses, dogs and one cat, earned their medals, some were awarded posthumously, the most recent being the Belgian Shepherd dog that was tragically shot during the French police raids following the Paris attack.

Matthew Fry, Principal Veterinary Surgeon and Director of Quarrington Veterinary Surgery is pictured with Samantha Shand and Ashley Hanlon.