Chance to remember loved ones

Minister Volney Ham Ying with Strathmore House funeral director Mary Barnes
Minister Volney Ham Ying with Strathmore House funeral director Mary Barnes
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BEREAVED relatives and friends can remember their loved ones this Christmas with the launch of a funeral home’s annual campaign.

Co-operative Funeralcare at Strathmore House, in Hartlepool, has launched its Christmas tree of remembrance.

The scheme has helped to raise hundreds of pounds for charities including Hartlepool Bereavement Service and Hartlepool & District Hospice over the past four years.

The idea is that bereaved relatives can visit the funeral service’s office in Stockton Road and write a message to a loved one which is attached to a bauble to be placed on the 7ft tree.

They can then make a donation, which this year is being given to the paediatric intensive care unit at James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.

Mark Evans, the service’s principal funeral director, said: “We already have quite a few messages on there.

“It is a nice way for people to show they are thinking of those they have lost during the festive period.”

Pastor Volney Ham Ying, who conducts funeral services for the company, said a prayer and blessed the tree.

People can also place their baubles on the tree during the funeral firm’s carol service, which takes place at 7pm tonight.

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