Tree lights up lives
THE residents and neighbours of East Cheshire Hospice are basking in a warm Christmas glow following the switching on of a new tree.
The 30 foot tree is festooned with hundreds of lights - each one dedicated by friends and family members to the memory of someone special no longer around. The tree, donated by United Utilities, was switched on at a special outdoor Light Up A Life ceremony.
The service is usually held at St Michael and All Angels Church in Macclesfield and this is the first time it has been held outdoors.
It was attended by more than 150 people. They included Tom Baston, the pianist for the afternoon, who attended the ceremony on the first anniversary of the death of his grandfather, Gerald Hart. Carl Lamptey, who lost his 36-year-old wife Sarah one year ago took the honours of giving a moving tribute to his beloved late wife, saying how the hospice had been so important in supporting both him and his wife.
Leading the service, Hospice volunteer chaplain, Margaret Lillis, said how lovely it was to be able to celebrate the lives of loved ones.
For those donating to the Light Up A Life Appeal, a dedicated bauble will hang on the tree in the Hospice chapel until Twelfth Night.
Donations for the Appeal can be made at our website.