Tree lights up lives

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

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.

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