People from across the East Midlands are celebrating the life of someone special this Christmas by dedicating and sponsoring a light on a 30-foot Tree of Light at the City Hospital or Queen’s Medical Centre.
The first people to dedicate a light attended a special ‘Lights to Celebrate’ event earlier in December where they joined in a festive performance by the Nottingham Hospitals Choir, sampled mince pies and warm soup along with lighting a candle for a loved one.
The event is part of our focus on remembrance which includes the launch of our new ‘In Memory’ film, celebrating people who have raised money or donated to an area of Nottingham’s hospitals in memory of a loved one.
The film shows how fundraising or donating in memory of someone special can offer supporters a sense of purpose, comfort and hope to those who have lost a loved one.
Jemma Page and her sister Amy are raising money for the Adult Intensive Care Unit at QMC in memory of their mother. They have so far raised more than £1,500 through a series of fundraisers including cat grooming at the Nottingham Kitty Café, and undertaking the 3 Peaks Challenge.
Jemma, who features in the film, says: “Without the charity events we have done it would have made the grieving process a lot harder. You’re making whoever you are raising money for really proud, and it just turns something really negative and horrible into something positive.”