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Tree-mendous fundraising idea

16 October 2016


A tree of life has taken root in Southend University Hospital; it’s a mural of a tree that is designed to record the Trust’s appreciation of Southend Hospital Charity supporters and to provide another outlet for supporters wishing to have plaques dedicated to a loved one.

The plaques are in the shape of a leaf and they are added to the tree and engraved with either the name of a loved one or with a personalised message. The leaves will be on display for a minimum of three years before being sent to the supporter to keep as a treasured memento.

One of the first people to have their name added to the tree is the late Joyce Long, who helped raise over a million pounds for the hospital before she passed away late last year. Her family, including her great granddaughter Jade, who also works at the hospital as a Domestic, were there to formally declare the tree open.

Joyce's granddaughter, Bonnie Raby, who was also at the ribbon cutting, said: "It's lovely that Joyce's legacy is being recognised in this way. She was a really giving person to both us as a family and to charity; she is very much missed."

The tree of life is located in the main corridor on the ground floor of the Prittlewell building next to the Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS) and will be seen by many visitors and supporters. It offers family and friends the opportunity to commemorate the life of a loved one or celebrate a special occasion like the birth of a new baby, whilst making a donation to Southend Hospital Charity.

Kayley Fletcher, Community Fundraising Manager, said: "As well as brightening the hospital corridor, the tree will help generate funds which will be used in areas of the hospital most in need. It's already proved to be something of a conversation piece and it's fitting that Joyce is remembered on one of the very first leaves."

Find out more by visiting: www.southendhospitalcharity.co.uk/in-memory-and-in-celebration/.