For the second year running, everyone is welcome to write a special message on the back of a memorial tag (which the Trust provides) and hang it on the tree to help us decorate it. And to celebrate the return of the memory trees, a special guest – four year old patient Isobel Dawson – did us the honour of turning on the festive lights at Epsom Hospital.
Chief Nurse Charlotte Hall (who switched on the lights at St Helier while the Trust’s choir sang festive hits), said: “For many people, Christmas is a time to spend with loved ones, but it can also be a time of year where our thoughts turn to those we miss and those who have sadly passed away. That’s why I am so glad to see the return of the memory trees again this Christmas – they are fast becoming an Epsom and St Helier Christmas tradition. As a Trust, we aim to provide a compassionate and supportive environment and the memory trees are a perfect example of that. If you would like to remember a loved one or someone special please fill in one of the memory tags and place it on the tree in memory of them.
“I would also like to say a huge thank you to Isobel and her mum Louise for launching our festivities – this was a great way to mark not just the specialness of the memory tree, but also of our patients.
On this festive season it is easy to forget that not everyone is celebrating with loved ones. So it is great to see so much support for those who need it".
The living Christmas trees were generously donated by B&Q in Sutton and Homebase in Ewell.