6 March 2015
Macmillan Cancer Support in Midhurst held its annual Tree of Hope Service at St Mary’s Church Easebourne on Thursday 4 December 2014. Earlier in the Autumn Lord and Lady Cowdray donated a growing 14ft spruce tree to be a lasting memorial to all those loved ones who cannot be with us for Christmas.
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 both before and after the Service only. 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 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 donated by Petworth Marquees. Stagecoach and driver Rob Jones provided the shuttle bus, and James Campbell printed the programmes. David Boys of David Boys LRPS – www.whywhatwhere.com gave up his time to take photographs on the evening.
Karen Lang of the Tree of Hope Committee said “We are very grateful to Lord and Lady Cowdray for their generous donation of a new permanent Tree this year and to all our lovely volunteers who helped to make the evening so special and such a great success”.
The total income from donations received this year was just over £7,000. This will help fund the Macmillan Midhurst Specialist Community Palliative Care Service based at Midhurst Community Hospital, to support their patients and their families living with cancer and other life threatening illnesses in Midhurst and the surrounding 25 mile catchment area.
The 2015 Tree of Hope Service is on Thursday 3 December at 6.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Easebourne. Dedication forms will be available from 1 October from the Macmillan Midhurst charity shop or the Pearson unit of the Midhurst Community Hospital. The 2014 Book of Love and those of previous years will be on display in St Mary’s both before and after the Tree of Hope Service.
For more information about the event please email Karen Lang at email@example.com or visit Macmillan Midhurst Tree of Hope facebook page.