Daughter shares precious memories of dad on Treetops Light up a Life Tree (03/12)

Published on: Friday, 13th October 2023
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Clair Attwood holding a treasured photograph picturing her with her late father Trev

A Sandiacre woman has pledged to, once again, remember her late father by sponsoring a light on a Christmas Tree at Treetops Hospice.

Clair Attwood has been paying tribute to Trev Eley in this way since he died in 2020. The 49 year old will join hundreds of others to take part in the annual event at the Risley-based site.

She said: “My dad was a very easy-going and laid-back person. He never wanted any fuss over him, to trouble anyone, or for anyone to worry about him. He was always good-humoured and saw the lighter side of things, even when his health started to decline. 

“Every year, my dad used to build me a sledge ready for when it snowed. We used to take it to the hill in Hemington where he grew up and spend all day sledging until we would break it! The next year, he would build me a new and improved one. It’s one of my most precious memories.

Clair is encouraging others to remember a loved one this year and support the local end-of-life charity this year.

“For me and my family, it’s really important to have memories that make us smile when we remember dad, and every year. it’s really moving to see dad’s light shine alongside hundreds of others remembering their own loved ones.”

Proceeds raised through Treetops Light up a Life go towards helping the end-of-life charity care for patients and families in the local community. 

A dedication donation of £20 helps two bereaved children receive resources that will help them process their feelings. A dedication donation of £67 helps a family caring for a loved one at home receive a visit from the Treetops Roaming Nurses. And a dedication donation of £108 helps provide a patient at the very end of life with a night of Hospice at Home nursing care.

The Treetops Light up a Life Tree is online so family and friends can see their lights at any time, and from anywhere across the country.  People can share memories or messages, as well as upload a photo with their chosen light. Each light is a precious memory that brings comfort and joy. 

A special Light up a Life Event will take place at the hospice in Risley on Sunday 3rd December.  During the event, the Treetops Hospice Christmas lights will be switched on and there is a moment of quiet reflection to remember loved ones.

To share a memory on the Light up a Life Tree, head to www.treetops.org.uk/lights or call the hospice on 0115 949 1264. 

This year, Treetops Hospice is celebrating 40 years of caring for people and their families in the local community. During this time, the hospice has supported thousands of patients with end-of-life nursing care and bereavement counselling.

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