Special dedication Christmas trees will be decorated with messages in honour of loved ones remembered by their bereaved families and friends at St Helena Hospice.
Tree of Memories dedications will be hung on a tree at either the Hospice’s Joan Tomkins Centre, at Myland Hall, Colchester, or the Tendring Day Centre in Clacton, at the choice of the donor. The trees will be decorated with hundreds of bauble shaped tags, each personalised with a dedication to a loved one.
Anyone can take part in the appeal – whether or not their loved one has been helped by the Hospice. In return for their kind contribution, donors will be sent their own copy of their dedication on a decorative tag to keep.
The trees will remain in place for viewing from Monday 15 December until Friday 3 January. Tree of Memories raised over £17,000 last year for St Helena Hospice.
St Helena Hospice will be holding two Tree of Memories services to bring people together to take time to reflect, sing Christmas carols, listen to readings and remember loved ones. The services will take place at the Tendring Day Centre on Wednesday 17 December and at Myland Hall on Thursday 18 December. Both services start at 6.30pm. Other services, arranged by local communities, will also be held during the season.
Trevor Walt, Chaplain said: ‘For many people Christmas represents a time when we are very conscious of absent friends and family members. Tree of Memories offers an opportunity for us to write a personal message of remembrance. The trees themselves are an uplifting sight, looking absolutely wonderful decorated with the colourful bauble tags.’