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Light Up A Life - join us in remembering loved ones this Christmas

You are warmly invited to our annual Light Up A Life ceremony, which will be a little different this year. You can also help to illuminate our Light Up A Life virtual Christmas tree in memory of someone dearly missed.

Illuminate our virtual Christmas tree

You are invited to dedicate a light on our virtual Christmas tree in memory of a friend or relative. You can choose your light, write a message and add a photograph.

If you choose to dedicate a light before 22 November, we can also include the name of your loved one in our special Light Up A Life film, should you wish.

 
 

Light Up A Life ceremony

Sadly, we are unable to welcome you to the hospice for our usual service. Instead, you are invited to watch our Light Up A Life film, featuring music, readings, and time to remember your loved ones. It will be shown at 5pm on Sunday 6 December and will be available afterwards for you to view at your convenience.

Because our Light Up A Life ceremony is happening online, your family and friends can join us no matter where they live, whether or not they have a direct connection to Treetops, and we hope you will share our invitation with them.

You can watch the ceremony below, at 5pm on Sunday 6 December. Click the play button to see the countdown or set yourself a reminder:

What your donation will help pay for

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Hospice at Home
Nurses

£108 helps to fund one Hospice at Home Nurse visit who will make sure precious hours are comfortable and peaceful.

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Roaming Nursing Service

£67 helps to fund one Roaming Nurse visit. Due to COVID-19, the NHS is stretched, so our Roaming Nurses are out in the community providing specialist care.

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Bereavement Counselling for Adults

£34 helps to fund one bereavement counselling session.

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Bereavement Counselling for Children

£28 helps to fund one child bereavement therapy pack.

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Wellbeing Support Packages

£20 helps to fund one wellbeing package for those who are unable to come to our hospice because of COVID-19.

It is thanks to the ongoing support of our local community that we can meet the financial challenge forced upon us by COVID-19. This help means that during the pandemic, we are continuing to care for our community’s terminally ill patients, and their families. We’re also helping ease the pressure on the NHS.

Thank you for your support 

A young Annie Tierney and mum

A young Annie Tierney and mum

“I still miss her every day”

Light Up A Life is my way of remembering my mum and supporting Treetops who helped care for her at the end of her life. Mum was the life and soul of the party; a rough diamond who worked hard, so kind and generous. I still miss her every day.

When Mum was diagnosed with Stage 4 gall bladder cancer, it was a bolt out of the blue. Just four months later, we had to say our final goodbyes.

I moved in with mum to help care for her. It was stressful as I hadn’t ever cared for anyone like this before. Watching my mum deteriorate was heart breaking, but I felt very blessed to have the time with her.

Annie Tierney with mum and husband

Annie Tierney with mum and brother

Treetops arranged Hospice at Home nurses overnight. Having somebody with me at that really difficult time meant I could have a rest, knowing I wasn’t alone and that Mum had a caring expert by her side. The nights were hardest, so this made a really big difference.

The nurses came in the last few days of Mum’s life. They made me feel safe and helped prepare me for her death. They were with her when she died and called the doctor and undertaker for me, as well as cleaning and dressing Mum.

A day or so afterwards, when I was feeling at my lowest, I got a call from Treetops. The lovely person on the phone shared stories about the time they spent with Mum and it made me both laugh and cry, but it was a great comfort.

The nurses were literally angels and I don’t know how I would have got through it without them.

Annie Tierney