Volunteer Ali Cormack and her children Isla and Archie
Local Lincoln-based business donate 25ft Christmas tree for hospice celebrations
Lincoln, 5th November 2015 – 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 15th 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:
“The Tree of Life is an integral part of our Light up a Life celebrations and 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.
“The Tree of Life plays such an important role to so many and even choosing the tree itself has become a hospice tradition.”
Now in its 15th year the Light up a Life celebrations are an important fundraiser for the hospice who last year raised over £37,000 to help care for people with a life-limiting illness across Lincolnshire.
Claire Birch, who runs the Doddington Hall Estate alongside her husband James, said:
“Christmas trees have been grown at Doddington Hall for many years and are very much a part of our tradition.
“Each year it is our pleasure to donate a home-grown tree to St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice as we are mindful of what it means to so many people, not only the people who take part in the Light Up a Life celebrations but also the people visiting the Cathedral from the county plus far and wide.
“We are always very proud to see our tree surrounded by so much love in such a special place.”
There are nine 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, Our Lady of Lincoln Church,
24th November, 6pm
(followed by the Torchlight Procession from Clayton’s Sports Ground, Lee Road, Lincoln LN2 4BH, 7.30pm)
SKEGNESS, St Matthew’s Church,
3rd December, 6.30pm
BOSTON, Zion Methodist Church, Brothertoft Road,
4th December, 6pm
SUTTON ON SEA, Meridale Youth and Community Centre,
5th December, 3pm
SPALDING, St John the Baptist Church,
6th December, 4pm
LOUTH, Methodist Church,
7th December, 6pm
SLEAFORD, Methodist Church,
7th December, 6.45pm
GRANTHAM, St Wulfram’s Church,
8th December, 6pm
GAINSBOROUGH, United Reform Church,
8th December, 7pm
For more information go online to: www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/LUALLincoln