George Cadbury has been voted the city’s top Brummie and will be honoured at a unique art installation created by a local hospice.
Throughout March, Birmingham St Mary’s asked Twitter users to vote for their ‘Greatest Brummie’ – a local icon no longer with us who left a lasting legacy to the city.
Supported by the Birmingham Civic Society, the poll included famous figures such as Joseph Chamberlain, Matthew Boutlon, JRR Tolkien and Julia Varley but it was chocolate maker, George Cadbury, who took the top spot.
George Cadbury – who lived in Edgbaston – was most notable for taking responsibility of the world-famous Cadbury company at just 22-years-old. Celebrated as a successful businessman, George was also known for his philanthropy work supporting children from deprived areas and donating the Lickey Hills Country Park to the people of Birmingham.
As the winning Brummie, Birmingham St Mary’s will be dedicating a wrought iron flower to him at its ‘Forget Me Not’ art display in the heart of Brindleyplace. Taking place between Monday 2 and Sunday 8 April, Forget Me Not will be a striking art installation, with each flower celebrating the life of a special someone.
The display is also a chance for local people to remember the lives of their loved ones, with an opportunity to dedicate a flower to them. Over 1,500 flowers are expected to be planted, with all donations helping to fund the valuable work of the hospice.
Hamish Shilliday, head of fundraising at Birmingham St Mary’s, said: “George Cadbury was an exceptional man who did great things for our city, so it’s no surprise that the people of Birmingham voted him their Greatest Brummie. We’re thrilled to be honouring him at our Forget Me Not installation and look forward to celebrating his life and achievements at Brindleyplace.”
Over 200 Twitter users voted for their Greatest Brummie across three polls, with George Cadbury taking 61 per cent of the vote in the Grand Final. JRR Tolkien came second with 22 per cent of the vote.
Every day, Birmingham St Mary’s cares for 350 people living with a life-limiting illness – whether that’s at the hospice, in people’s own homes or in the community. It costs £8 million to run the hospice each year, so it truly relies on the generosity of local people to fund its vital services.
To dedicate a flower and find out more about the Forget Me Not display, visit: www.birminghamhospice.org.uk/forgetmenot