11 January 2017
Macmillan Cancer Support in Midhurst held its annual Tree of Hope Service at St Mary’s Church Easebourne on Thursday 1 December. The Church was packed and the evening was a great success and for once the weather was kind to us.
The 2015 Book of Love and those of the previous five years were on display in the Church. 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 wine provided by Jacaranda Catering and the cups from Waitrose in Haslemere. The parish of St Mary’s Church generously donated the mince pies. These were served by Macmillan volunteers from a Marquee kindly supplied by Petworth Marquees.
Stagecoach and driver provided the shuttle bus, and James Campbell printed the programmes. Midhurst Rotary Club once again organised the car parking for our supporters with great expertise.
Karen Lang of the Tree of Hope Committee said 'We are very grateful to Lord and Lady Cowdray and the Estate team for their continued support. And not forgetting all our loyal volunteers and the local community without whom this special event would not be possible. 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.' Dedications are still being taken up to the end of December and so far this year’s event has raised over £6,000.
Next year’s Tree of Hope Service is on Thursday 7th December 2017.
Karen Lang, Chairman
Macmillan Midhurst Tree of Hope Committee