Hundreds remember loved ones at Treetops Hospice Light up a Life Event

Categories: Care and Fundraising.

 Hundreds of people came together at Treetops Hospice on Sunday 3 December to take a moment during the festive period to remember their loved ones.

The moving Light up a Life Event held at the hospice in Risley, Derbyshire included a minute’s silence to remember friends and family before the lights on the hospice Christmas tree were switched on.

Over 300 people have already shared their memories on the Light up a Life Tree online. People can continue to share personal photos and memories throughout Christmas until 31 December.

Treetops Chief Executive, Julie Heath, said:

“When you’ve lost someone you love, it can be very difficult at this time of year as Christmas is traditionally a busy time for bringing family and friends together.

“Light up a Life gives people a chance to pause during the festivities and remember all those happy memories of those who are no longer with us.

“We want to thank everyone who’s shared their precious memories on our Light up a Life Tree so far and given a donation to help us continue our care for local patients and families.”

A special Light up a Life Film was filmed and edited free of charge by Derby-based Bloc Digital and BA Film & TV students from the University of Derby.

Share your memory on the Treetops Hospice Light up a Life Tree by visiting or calling 0115 949 1264.

Last year, donations from the Light up a Life Tree raised over £17,000 for the hospice which cares for people with life-limiting conditions, those who’ve been bereaved, and their families.


About Treetops Hospice

Treetops Hospice, the leading end-of-life care charity in Derby, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, provides nursing care and emotional support for adults with life-limiting conditions, those who’ve been bereaved, and their families.

The charity provides support from diagnosis onwards for patients with conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease and heart and respiratory conditions.

This year, we are very proud to be celebrating 40 years of caring for people and their families in our local community. During this time, we have supported thousands of patients with end-of-life nursing care and bereavement counselling.

We have achieved this amazing milestone thanks to our dedicated volunteers who help across the whole hospice and in our charity shops, our hard-working staff team, and our supporters, past and present.

Last year, our team of Hospice at Home nurses provided over 20,000 hours of care to terminally-ill patients, working day and night to give much-needed support.

Our team of bereavement counsellors provided over 4,500 counselling sessions – more than 900 of them to children and young people. Wellbeing team members provide valuable information and support to those who need it.

Treetops is doing all it can to continue to support those in most need and welcomes donations to ensure the future of the hospice and its services:

A counselling session for a bereaved child costs £34.50. An overnight Hospice at Home nursing shift for a patient at the end of life costs £108.

Treetops Hospice Trust, Derby Road, Risley, Derbyshire, DE72 3SS

0115 949 1264 |

Registered Charity Number 519540


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