Doddington Hall donate 25ft Christmas tree to St Barnabas Hospice

11th November 2016

The Tree of Life for Lincoln’s Light Up A Life is chosen by Becky Otter, Event Manager and St Barnabas Volunteer, Ali Cormack

Local Lincoln based family business donate 25ft Christmas tree for hospice Light Up a Life celebrations

Doddington Hall and Gardens are lending their support to local independent charity St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice and their Light up a Life appeal.

For the 16th consecutive year the family-run business are donating the 25ft Tree of Life that is illuminated outside Lincoln Cathedral.

Becky Otter, Event Manager from St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, said:

“In Lincoln the Tree of Life is an integral part of our Light up a Life celebrations as it is adorned with hundreds of lights, each one dedicated to the life of someone special. The tree is also a focal point in the service which brings together our community at a time which can be difficult for many.

“We are so grateful to Doddington Hall and Gardens for such a generous donation and for their ongoing support. Their commitment to our Light up a Life celebration’s is truly inspiring and it simply wouldn’t be the same without them.”

Now in its 16th year, Light up a Life is an important fundraiser for the hospice who last year raised over £37,295 to help care for people living with a terminal illness across Lincolnshire.

Claire Birch, who runs the Doddington Hall Estate alongside her husband James, said:

“Each year we enjoy supporting our local community and donating a home-grown tree for such a special celebration. The tree stands outside Lincoln Cathedral and brings so much festive enjoyment to so many thousands of visitors as well as those taking part in Light Up.

“The tree we donate will have been growing on our Estate for approximately 25 years so it makes us proud to see our tree surrounded by so much love in such a special place. Doddington Hall enjoys being part of so many families’ Christmas tradition.”

There are eight Light up a Life celebrations across the county and each one will last approximately 1 – 1.5 hours, they are free to attend and open to everyone, regardless of faith. There is no need to book in advance.

Lincoln – Tuesday 22nd November, 6pm, Our Lady of Lincoln Church followed by a torchlight procession from Clayton’s Sports Ground, Lee Road, Lincoln LN2 4BH, 7.30pm

Skegness – Sunday 27th November, 2.30pm, The Storehouse, North Parade, Skegness, PE25 1BY.

Boston – Sunday 4th December, 2.30pm, The Hive, Boston West Academy, Sussex Avenue, Boston, PE21 7QG.

Louth – Sunday 4th December, 3pm, Louth Methodist Church, Nichol Hill, LN11 9NQ.

Spalding – Sunday 4th December, 4pm, St John’s the Baptist Church, Hawthorn Bank, Spalding, Lincs, PE11 1JQ.

Sleaford – Monday 5th December, 6.45pm, Sleaford Methodist Church, Northgate Sleaford, NG34 7BH.

Grantham – Tuesday 6th December, 6pm, The Kings School, Brook St, Grantham, NG31 6RP.

Gainsborough – Tuesday 6th December, 6.30pm, United Reformed Church, Gladstone Street, Gainsborough, DN21 2JR. Followed by a torchlight procession to the Tree of Life at approximately 7.15pm

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