Local author, Peter James, has shown his support for St Catherine’s Hospice HeART to Heart art trail. The HeART to Heart trail will see a collection of beautifully designed, giant fibreglass hearts spread across Sussex and Surrey this summer.
Peter James is a UK No. 1 bestselling author, best known for writing crime and thriller novels. Peter has commissioned his own heart for the trail along with Sussex Entrepreneur, Steve Barrey, of The Liquorice Dragon. First Sight, named after Peter’s latest novel, celebrates life and friendship. The heart’s design draws inspiration from the novel’s front cover which features hearts hidden amongst ironwork railings. The artwork is produced by Sculpture Studios featuring air brushing and a vinyl overlay.
Following the launch of his latest book, Dead at First Sight, which is part of his much-loved Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series, Peter hosted an evening at The Capitol Theatre in Horsham. During the evening, Peter met with hospice staff to admire Love Grows, a heart that has been sponsored by headline sponsor Thakeham and designed by artist Lindsay Seahorse Wright.
Peter said: “I am delighted to be sponsoring a heart on St Catherine’s Hospice HeART to Heart trail. Supporting a local charity is something I believe in strongly, and the work of a hospice is a cause incredibly close to my heart. Aptly, my latest book also focuses on the concept of love at first sight, so I am very excited to be supporting this wonderful community art trail, which conceptualises the sentiments behind the hospice’s love and care. I hope you will all join me in supporting St Catherine’s this summer, and be sure to keep your eyes open for a clue about the location of my heart soon!”
Steve Barrey went on to explain what prompted him to get involved in HeART to Heart: “In 2018 I survived against all odds. The love of my family pulled me through and showed me that having hope and love around you can make all the difference when facing huge personal battles. Never underestimate the power of the heart.”
The HeART to Heart trail, sponsored by Thakeham, will give the local community a unique chance to follow a heart sculpture trail across Sussex and Surrey. Each heart has been custom designed by a local artist. The trail will be in place across the areas where St Catherine’s provides people with end of life care for around 10 weeks during summer 2019.
A free interactive mobile app and trail map will encourage people to visit each heart to unlock its secrets. A community art project will also run alongside the main trail which will be followed by a secret heart exhibition and live auction. It’s hoped the trail will bring income and visitors to the local area.
To find out more please visit: www.stch.org.uk/hearttoheart