Mason’s backs community event to remember loved ones at Christmas
This year, Alice House Hospice’s Trees of Remembrance in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre are sponsored by Dignity Funeralcare and Evolution Risk Assurance.
Shoppers can place a bauble with a personalised message on one of the Christmas trees that are on display; at the same time, they are invited to make a donation to Alice House.
The Trees of Remembrance are run by Hospice volunteers and members of the team at Mason’s have taken turns helping out. Staff also participated in the Hospice’s recent Christmas fair and coffee morning dressing up as Mr and Mrs Claus.
Greg Hildreth, Corporate Fundraiser for Alice House Hospice, said: “We are delighted to be working with the team at Mason’s; the sponsorship we have received is very generous and a great boost to the event.
The Trees are an ideal way to take some time out of a busy day’s shopping to remember those we miss, especially at this time of year. All of the money generated will be used to provide care for local Hospice patients and their families.”
Julia Masshedar, Funeral Service Arranger for Mason’s Funeral Service, added: “Alice House is a wonderful local charity and we are all very motivated to support and organise fundraising activities on their behalf. As well as ongoing support with the Trees of Remembrance, we plan to hold a coffee morning in the New Year at our offices on Park Road. Our colleague, Tracey Rimmer, has also agreed to take part in an Ironman Triathlon in Austria next July and will be seeking sponsorship for Alice House, which she says will really spur her on to complete such a tough physical challenge.”
As well as the two main sponsors, individual trees have also been sponsored by Manners & Harrison, Tilly, Bailey & Irvine Law Firm, Portofino, Shottons, Thea’s Wardrobe, Hartlepool Reupholstery Centre, Hops & Cheese, Twenty3 Taxis, Utility Alliance and W.A. Smith.