Tree of Hope at Easebourne is lasting memorial

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LORD and Lady Cowdray have donated a tree to Macmillan Cancer Support as a permanent memorial and centrepiece for the charity’s annual Tree of Hope commemorations.

Lady Cowdray joined the Rev Derek Welsman and representatives of Macmillan for the planting ceremony outside St Mary’s Church at Easebourne.

The 14ft-tall spruce will serve as an enduring focal point for families whose loved ones have been cared for by the Macmillan Midhurst Specialist Community Palliative Care Service. Lady Cowrday said: “The Cowdray estate is delighted to maintain such a meaningful connection with Macmillan Cancer Support by the dedication of a tree in such a special location”.

Chairman of the Tree of Hope organising committee, Karen Lang, said: “Since the annual event started in 2002 more than £100,000 has been raised for the Macmillan Midhurst Palliative Care Service”.

Joanna Stuttaford, service lead for Midhurst Macmillan, said “We are incredibly grateful to the Cowdray estate and to all the volunteers and families who have raised thousands in support of our vital work.”