A stunning 28ft Christmas tree is bringing festive cheer to St Luke’s Hospice thanks to the generosity of local councils.
The beautiful illuminated tree, kindly donated by Winsford, Northwich and Middlewich Town Councils, is standing proud in the courtyard outside the Hospice’s Inpatient Unit for patients, visitors, staff and volunteers to enjoy.
Councillor Ernie Welch, Town Mayor for Winsford, said: “It was so lovely and humbling to be invited to our Hospice to see the Christmas tree and spend some quality time with the dedicated team of staff and volunteers.
“We really are lucky to have such a wonderful modern facility that caters for so many difficult health challenges, and at the same time has a true feeling of care and support as soon as you walk through the door. We are proud to support it.”
The tree also provided a beautiful backdrop for St Luke’s Light up a Life service of remembrance. The annual service held on Sunday 3rd December provides an opportunity for the community to gather together to remember loved ones who are no longer with us. Each light on the Christmas tree represents a life remembered and treasured.
Councillor Jane Thomas, Town Mayor of Northwich, said: “I was thrilled to attend St Luke’s to show our appreciation for the amazing work the Hospice do in supporting our community during very difficult times. The tree looked wonderful when lit and I hope as many people as possible supported the Light up a Life service to remember loved ones that we have sadly lost.”
Middlewich Town Mayor Consort Elena Coules added: “Our joint gift of the Christmas tree is given with gratitude and enormous respect for the incredible care and support delivered by St Luke`s Hospice. I hope that the lights on the tree will bring some comfort to those that are going through difficult times this Christmas, and also bring joy to the amazing staff, volunteers, support workers and most importantly, the sponsors and fundraisers who make the running of St Luke`s possible.
“On behalf of the Town Mayor, Town Clerk, Middlewich Town Council and our residents we are indebted to you all. We thank you for you wonderful work and commitment and we send you all our warmest and best wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.”
The festive donation has been made possible by funding provided by Northwich Town Council, Middlewich Town Council and Winsford Town Council, with the beautiful lights being supplied by contributions from Winsford Town Council Members’ budgets and Warnhill Tools. AMR Technical also installed the lights for free to support the Hospice.
Angela Slack, Community Partnerships Manager at St Luke’s Hospice, said: “St Luke’s would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those involved in this very generous and beautiful gift. We are so very grateful for this beautiful Christmas tree which means so much to our patients and their families, as well as staff and volunteers working over the festive period.”