THE COUNTESS of Chester Hospital is inviting people to dedicate a light to a loved one at the annual trees of light ceremony.
Memories and celebrations of loved ones will be lighting up the ceremony at the hospital trust’s main entrance on Friday, December 6 from 6pm, when the people being remembered will have their names entered into a book of honour.
Anyone who has lost a close friend or relative, whether or not they were patients at the hospital, is invited to take part in the event, as is anyone who simply wants to celebrate the life of a loved one. There will also be a short lighting ceremony at Ellesmere Port Hospital on Monday, December 9.
The Songsmiths Choir and the Chester Wind Band will appear at this year’s event, featuring music, readings, and hot mince pies. The Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Bob Rudd, will be the event’s guest of honour and switch the lights on.
The ceremony will be led by the trust’s chaplaincy co-ordinator, the Rev John Kingsley.
Fundraising manager, Janet Ratcliffe, said: “The Trees of Light is such a special appeal and gives people the chance to honour lost loved ones or to celebrate the life of a loved one. The fact that our event takes place near Christmas makes it an even more special occasion as it can be an emotional time for people.”
Mr Kingsley, said: “The proceeds of the Trees of Light annual appeal are used to improve the care and support to patients and relatives at the time of bereavement.
This year we will be continuing to develop our bereavement care with the provision of a counselling service. We are extremely grateful for everyone’s generosity which has made this work possible through the Trees of Light Appeal.”
A spokesman for the scheme said: “If you would like to enter an application to have a loved one’s name included in the Book of Honour, please contact the Trust’s Fundraising department on 01244 366240 or visit the fundraising office to complete an application form before Tuesday, November 26.
“You can also visit www.coch.nhs.uk/fundraising for more information and to download an application form.”