Macmillan Cancer Support’s Tree of Hope is intended as a lasting memorial to loved ones lost to terminal illness.
The Tree of Hope Service was held at St Mary’s Church Easebourne.
This year, Lord and Lady Cowdray kindly donated a growing 14ft spruce tree
Last year’s Tree of Hope dedications were entered in Macmillan’s special 2013 ‘Book of Love’, which was kindly donated again by Aspinal of London and edited by Mrs Christine Carey.
The 2013 Book of Love and those of previous years were on display in the church.
The Rev Derek Welsman led the service inside St Mary’s, with carols accompanied by the Midhurst Rother College band, and the Easebourne Primary School’s junior choir performed two enchanting songs.
After the service, the congregation proceeded outside for the ‘lighting-up’ of the tree by the Macmillan Palliative Care Service team.
Mulled wine was prepared by the Cowdray Café with the wine provided by Jacaranda Catering, and the parish of St Mary’s church generously donated the mince pies.
These were served by Macmillan volunteers from a marquee kindly donated by Petworth Marquees. Stagecoach and driver Rob Jones provided the shuttle bus, and James Campbell printed the programmes.
Karen Lang of the Tree of Hope committee said: “We are very grateful to Lord and Lady Cowdray for the new permanent tree and all the Volunteers who helped make the evening such a great success.
“All donations received go to the Macmillan Midhurst Specialist Community Palliative Care Service, to support their patients and their families living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses in Midhurst and the surrounding area.”
Dedications are still being taken up to the end of December and so far this year’s event has raised £6,500.
For all the pictures, see this week’s Observer (December 11).