28 April 2016
Macmillan Cancer Support in Midhurst held its annual Tree of Hope Service at St Mary’s Church, Easebourne on Thursday 3 December. Despite the wet and windy weather the Church was packed and the evening was a great success raising just over £6,000.
The 2014 Book of Love and those of the previous five years were on display in the Church both before and after the Service. The Reverend 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 Midhurst 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. Midhurst Rotary Club did a splendid job organising the car parking for us.
Karen Lang of the Tree of Hope Committee said 'We are very grateful to all our loyal volunteers and the local community who continue to support this very special local event. 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 areas.'
The 2016 Tree of Hope will be held on Thursday 1 December 2016 at 6.30pm at St Mary’s Church Easebourne. Dedication forms will be available from 1 October from The Pearson Unit, Midhurst Cottage Hospital, Midhurst, the Macmillan Charity shop in Midhurst or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/sussex and download a dedication form. Alternatively please email firstname.lastname@example.org.