Poignant service is a huge success

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A CHRISTMASTIME way for people to remember their loves ones is proving to be a huge success.

The Hartlepool & District Hospice Trees of Remembrance campaign is under way. It involves people being able to put baubles on trees in the Middleton Grange shopping centre.

A hospice spokesman said: “They offer shoppers a chance to take a moment out of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas rush to look back and remember lost loved ones who are often in our thoughts at this time of year.”

A personalised note can be written on the tags, attached to a Christmas bauble and placed onto the tree as a sign of celebration and remembrance.

This year, businesses are taking part in the campaign and have Trees of Remembrance in their own workplaces. They are Lloyds Bank, Matalan, Virgin Money, The Newcastle Building Society, Sainsbury’s Seaton Carew and Inspirations Coffee Shop.

Also available at the Trees of Remembrance in Middleton Grange is the hospice’s 2014 Calendar.

Copies are £3.50 and the calendar features delightful images from around Hartlepool and East Durham. All the photographs are winners in the hospice’s photographic competition held earlier in the year.