A memory tree bearing the name of lost loved ones across the Fylde coast is set to raise funds for Trinity Hospice.
The tree, fixed to a specially made wall next to the inpatient unit at the hospice on Low Moor Lane, Bispham, has leaves which can be engraved with the name of any person who has died on the Fylde coast to serve as a lasting tribute in their memory.
The name will stay on the tree for a year, after which owners can renew the tribute for another year or have it presented to them by the hospice as a keepsake.
With 500 leaves available, the tree is set to raise thousands for the hospice.
Trinity’s campaign and lottery fund-raiser, Janet Atkins, said: “This is something we have been wanting to do for a long time, and it means that every penny raised through the tree comes straight to the hospice.
“It’s a wonderful way for family and friends to make a tribute to someone while raising money for the hospice at the same time. It’s not just for people who are known to the hospice, whether they have a connection here or have been ill here – it’s a remembrance of anyone who has died on the Fylde coast.”
The tree is similar to one installed in Brian House children’s hospice 18 months ago.
Janet said: “It is still free for a child who has died at Brian House to have their name inscribed on that tree, but here at Trinity the money raised through the memory tree will be spent on keeping the service running.
“Our tree is timeless. It will be here forever in the main reception, right across from the chapel.
“This is extremely exciting for Trinity.
“We are having a lot of work done to make the hospice fit for the future, thanks to The Gazette, and it’s like this tree is the roots of the new Trinity as it branches out into the future.
“Once The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes appeal is over and the work is completed, we still need to continue providing Trinity’s services which we still need to fund-raise for.
“The memory tree will certainly help us with that.”
The first name was put onto the tree when it was officially launched on Tuesday.
People can have names inscribed into the leaves and put on the tree for 12 months for £120 – payable in one sum or split over the year.
For details, call into the hospice, call 01253 358881 or visit www.trinityhospice.co.uk.