East Midlands Airport control tower lit up

East Midlands Airport has lit up their control tower in the lead up to our Light Up A Life remembrance service on Sunday 5 December.

Passengers travelling to and from the Castle Donington airport will see our new logo projected onto the 51-meter-high control tower along with a short message encouraging people to remember their loved ones.

Remembering her dad

Lucy Hobson, Security Compliance Manager at East Midlands Airport, will be remembering her dad during our special remembrance service, which takes place online at 6pm on Sunday, December 5.

Lucy nominated us as the airport’s corporate charity in 2019. Lucy’s dad, Stuart, was 61 years old when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2018. Sadly, by the time of diagnosis, the disease had spread to other parts of his body and Stuart died just 12 days later.

Smiling dad and daughter selfie

Treetops supported me with bereavement counselling and complementary therapy

"Dad was a loving and affectionate father and husband, and always used to tell us how much he loved us. He would always put ‘his girls’ first and loved Christmas.

“I remember he was always eyeing up the Christmas food my mum would buy for the big day; he’d often open the Christmas chocolates beforehand, meaning that mum would have to go out and buy more!”

Lucy experienced anxiety and panic attacks after her dad’s death.

So many people just don’t realise they are struggling following the death of a loved one

Felt like a weight had been lifted

“During his short illness and after he died, I really struggled. My mum and sister Jennifer would talk openly and cry regularly, but I found that too painful – and I didn’t want to add to their grief.

“I thought that talking to someone independently might help. I clicked straightaway with my Treetops counsellor and felt that I could speak freely without worrying about causing further upset.

“I carried a lot of guilt and the counselling allowed me to accept that we all deal with grief differently. It also gave me the opportunity to talk openly about my feelings since losing dad.

“Counselling helped to get all my worries off my chest – it literally felt like a weight had been lifted – and I could start enjoying life again.

Without Treetops, I wouldn’t be on the road to recovery and be able to understand and manage my grief

Delighted to support this amazing charity

Clare James, East Midlands Airport’s Managing Director, said:

“People’s response to the pain of loss and grief has been brought into sharp focus over the last 18 months.

“As an employer of hundreds of people, we have needed to be alert to the debilitating effect it has on a person’s physical and mental wellbeing. Treetops work to help people cope at such difficult moments is invaluable and transformative, and therefore we’re delighted to support and help raise awareness of this amazing charity.”

East Midlands airport tower