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 3 December from 4pm.

Treetops, based in Risley, provide nursing care and emotional support for adults in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire including Hospice at Home nurses who provide support for patients in their own homes during the day and overnight. The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

It’s help when you really need it. It made all the difference.

The Dalesmen Male Voice Choir will be performing at the ceremony. President of the choir, Gordon Bright, explained how the Hospice at Home service supported his wife:

“I was so relieved when I got all the help from the Treetops nurses.

“The nurse was fantastic as I could rest at night – I could close my eyes a bit. Although you can’t really rest, it just gives you that relief to know someone’s sitting there and caring. It’s help when you really need it – I can’t speak too highly about it. It made all the difference.”

It’s so moving when you see all those lights and you realise they represent a life lost

Rod Straw, publicity officer and fellow choir member, added:

“We try to do a lot for charity. That’s one of our reasons for having the choir – to raise funds. One of our adopted charities is Treetops and we sing here every year for Light up a Life.

“We love performing at the ceremony – it’s so moving when you see all those lights and you realise they represent a life lost.”

The Light up a Life ceremony will include carols and readings. Dedications will be on display in a Book of Remembrance. Refreshments will be available from 3pm. 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 Monday 20 November.

Treetops Hospice Care services include Support and Information, a Day Care Unit, Hospice at Home nurses and Therapeutic Services including counselling, art therapy and complementary therapy.