The specialist palliative care team at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is inviting families to remember loved ones who have died in the trust’s hospitals by placing a dedicated bauble on their memorial Christmas trees.
People can write a small dedication for their friend or family member to be put inside a ‘love’ bauble and added to the trees at The James Cook University Hospital and the Friarage Hospital for a minimum donation of £2.
The money raised from the baubles will continue to support the specialist palliative care team’s Dragonfly Scheme to allow them to continue to provide comfort bags and memory boxes.
These are given to the relatives of patients receiving end of life care to help them cope at such a difficult time.
Macmillan palliative and end of life support sister, Laura Graham said: “The festive period brings joy for many, but for others Christmas time can be difficult if you have lost someone special.
“This year has been so difficult with COVID-19, and visiting restrictions have meant that loved ones have not been able to be with them in person as frequently, so we really wanted to invite the local community to add a message for their loved one our new memorial trees.”
Anyone wanting to add a tribute to the memorial trees, which will be displayed in The James Cook University Hospital’s south entrance and the Friarage Hospital’s hub, can do so via the South Tees Hospitals Charity memorial Christmas tree Just Giving page.
Baubles are kindly being supplied by local business Wish upon a String.
While restricted visiting is in place the trust will be sharing photographs of the memorial Christmas trees on their social media.