Light Up a Life candles

Treetops Hospice Care is inviting people to sponsor a light on their Christmas tree to shine in memory of someone special throughout the festive period.

The lights will be switched on during a special Light up a Life ceremony at the hospice on Sunday 2 December at 4pm.

Treetops, based in Risley, provide nursing care and emotional support for adults in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire including Hospice at Home nurses who provide for patients in their own home.

So much love and care

Amongst those attending the Light Up a Life ceremony will be Mike Gregory, 56yrs, from Breaston and his family. Mike’s dad, Tony, was supported by Treetops nurses and Mike explained how much difference this made:

“My family, Mum, my sister and Dad all lived together, so when Dad became ill and needed more personal care we were all there to care for him, attend to his needs and look after Mum too.

“But there came a time when my father required care throughout the night – someone to be awake for him – someone to give him pain relief and to be a companion for him during those dark hours. We were truly amazed that Treetops could give us so much love and care.

“My Mum and sister would usually be up in the night so it was wonderfully helpful when the nurse arrived and we could have a few hours of valuable rest.

Full of compassion, warmth and understanding

“The nurses became very special to us and happily, us to them. They very quickly became family which was lovely in our time of utter need, knowing the inevitable outcome in the near future.  We opened our arms to their support.

“The most memorable moment was the night Dad died. The nurse who was with us at that time was full of compassion, warmth and understanding. We couldn’t have wished for a lovelier person to be with us as he passed away.”

Light Up a Life treeLight Up a Life Dedications can be made by anyone who wishes to remember a loved one and those making a dedication do not have attend the Light Up a Life service.

The ceremony will include carols and readings and refreshments will be available from 3pm. Dedications will be on display in a Book of Remembrance. The ceremony is an outdoor event so those attending are advised to dress for the weather.

For those unable to attend Light up a Life, the Book of Remembrance will be available to view online as from Wednesday 28 November.

Make a dedication