Tree of Hope shines a light for charity in Easebourne

The Tree of Hope lit up outside Easebourne church.'''Photo by Louise Adams  C121694-1 Mid Hope
The Tree of Hope lit up outside Easebourne church.'''Photo by Louise Adams C121694-1 Mid Hope

THE TREE of Hope was once again illuminated with lights representing dedications in memory of loved ones.

The eleventh annual Tree of Hope service was held at St Mary’s Church, Easebourne, last Thursday.

Reverend Derek Welsman led the service inside St Mary’s, which was accompanied by carols from the Midhurst Rother College band and Easebourne Primary School’s junior choir.

After the service the congregation proceeded outside for the lighting-up of the tree.

Karen Lang, from the Macmillan Midhurst Tree of Hope committee, said: “We are very grateful to all the volunteers who helped make the evening such a great success, and to those who generously donated towards the cost of new lights and banners.

“The local community all pulled together again this year to support this very special Macmillan event and help raise much-needed funds for the Macmillan Midhurst palliative care service.”

Dedications, which are entered in the Macmillan book of love 2012, can still be made until the end of December, and forms are available from Midhurst Cottage Hospital. The event has raised over £7,000.