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Light Up a Life


Members of Loveny gathered at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice on Sunday afternoon 4th December for a service of remembrance and to sing Christmas Carols, accompanied by musicians from Mount Charles Band. The short service attended by the families and friends of many of those who are incredibly thankful for the existence of the Hospice, was presided over by Canon Malcolm Bowers, with readings from Dr Jane Gibbins and Community Fundraiser Clare Bray. A Christmas message was delivered by Cornwall Hospice Care Trustee Alan Brownscombe in which he spoke of the great and valuable work carried out by all the medical and care staff at the care centres in Hayle and St.Austell, and the many fundraisers and volunteers throughout the County. The tree lights were switched on in memory of those remembered.

A few of us were 'puzzled' (sorry) by the choice of tree that had been chosen to display the lights, not the common fir or pine that one would expect to see. Then we heard the explanation:

​​Every year Cornwall Hospice Care erect Christmas trees outside both of the charity’s hospices. At Mount Edgcumbe Hospice a plan was hatched in the summer to find a tree that could be planted, rather than cut down and erected just for the festive season. The mission was successful but with Christmas approaching there wasn’t time to transplant the new tree and the Monkey Puzzle tree growing in the grounds was called in to action as David Johns, Maintenance Manager at the hospice explains; “We always have a tree and the lights on it are traditionally turned on at our Light up a Life event in early December. With the clock ticking we had to find an alternative and that’s when the Monkey Puzzle was suggested. I laughed at first because it’s extremely high and very prickly of course. But where there’s a will there’s a way and with the help of A1 Tree Surgery and Grounds Maintenance we used a cherry picker platform to reach to the top of the tree with the lights. We attached the light strings to slices of drain pipe that we could just slot over the branches. I have to say it looks incredible.”

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