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Hospice Tree of Remembrance and Hope

November 202019th

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Hospice Tree of Remembrance and Hope

Hospice Tree of Remembrance and Hope to light up those dark December days

North Tipperary Hospice In Home Care Movement, who traditionally erect and light their Tree of Remembrance on the steps of the Courthouse in Nenagh each December are this year calling on households throughout the county to join them in a big simultaneous switch-on of Christmas tree lights at 6pm on Wednesday December 2nd to , hopefully, greet the end of the onerous restrictions imposed during the Level 5 lockdown and, in addition to the tradition of remembering our dear departed, to shine a light of hope that we are finally nearing the end of what has been a dismal 2020 for so many families around our county and beyond.

The changed circumstances brought about by Covid-19 mean that the normal facility for families to remember their loved ones by placing names in an envelope at the foot of the tree is not possible this year.  Speaking on behalf of the Hospice, Chairperson Kay O’Donoghue said that the Committee felt that, despite the current difficulties, it was very important, in this year in particular,  to continue the Tree of Remembrance tradition and to expand the theme to incorporate a sense of hope that the dark days we have endured are coming to an end.  She hoped that the Hospice tree would shine that light far and wide and called on households throughout the county to join in a simultaneous switching on of their Christmas trees to send that light of hope throughout every community in Tipperary.  The Lights would also show our appreciation to all frontline staff who have worked so hard in difficult and dangerous conditions to cope with the enormous workload thrust upon them since the virus came to our shores last March.

Kay also thanked the Court Service for facilitating the project by allowing the lighting of one of the existing trees in the grounds of Nenagh Courthouse.  The tree will remain lit from December 2nd till January 6th when hopefully 2021 will bring a renewed sense of hope and optimism for the future.

The Tree of Remembrance has for many years been one of the main means of raising the funds necessary to maintain the services offered by the North Tipperary Hospice in Home Care Movement but, like our other main income generators, Sunflower Day and the Hospice Coffee Morning, has been severely curtailed by the Covid restrictions.  This lack of fundraising opportunities has impacted heavily on the Hospice resources and like many other essential services we a fearful for the future.  If people wish to make a donation to our funds they can do so by logging on to idonate.ie and searching for North Tipperary Hospice Movement or to our Paypal account at nthmnenagh@gmail.com

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