ARTIST Stuart Semple has donated a painting to Forest Holme Hospice's new arts trail, which is on display in Poole town centre throughout July.

Bournemouth-based Stuart painted an interpretation of a yellow ribbon inscribed with lyrics from Coldplay’s hit single ‘Yellow’, which has been installed in one of the main windows near the entrance to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts.

His artwork will later be auctioned off to help raise money for the hospice charity.

The concept of the art trail was to ask Forest Holme supporters to create yellow ribbon inspired works of art as an alternative the hospice’s usual Tie A Yellow Ribbon event, which could not take place this year due to government Covid-19 guidelines.

Lewis Hay, fundraising manager at Forest Holme, said, “Traditionally our Tie a Yellow Ribbon event takes place each year during Hospice Awareness Month in June, and has been a special commemorative event for many of our supporters.

"The day brings the community together in joint celebration of our loved ones who are absent in body but remain with us in spirit."

The artwork will be on display in windows and shop and Forest Holme has also produced a special arts trail map which can be downloaded via its website. Visitors will also be able donate to the charity at each location if they wish by scanning the QR code on the exhibit card, which will also feature quotes from the artists about what Forest Holme means to them.

Lewis said: “We hope the trail will encourage people to get together outside and enjoy the yellow ribbon inspired artwork created by our wonderful supporters around central Poole.

"We may not be able to come together for one day for ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon’ but we hope the Forest Holme Arts Trail will bring families and friends together for a safe walk to appreciate what has been created in support of your local hospice.”