Making each day count remains St. Margaret’s priority when caring for patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness and has been for the last 37 years. Tuesday saw this being celebrated through artwork installed at the Yeovil In-patient Unit in the form of a Celebration Tree. The Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Annie Maw, unveiled the tree, which is in the reception area for everyone to enjoy.

Ann Lee, Chief Executive of St. Margaret’s Hospice thanked Annie Maw, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, for supporting the hospice “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Annie Maw for coming along to support the hospice. St. Margaret’s will care for 1 in 3 people in Somerset during their lifetime. Our care is free, this does mean however we have to rely heavily on fundraising to ensure everyone who needs our care receives it.

Our Celebration Tree is a way to celebrate life, love and friendship within our community while also raising vital funds. We welcome people to either visit our Celebration Tree, as Annie, the Lord Lieutenant has, or by make a dedication and donation. A leaf or Sunflower could be engraved with the name of a loved one, in celebration of a recent wedding or birth of a child, or just as a birthday gift to someone special.”

The tree is made of Perspex and is a chance for anyone in the local community to celebrate life, love and friendship by making a donation and having a leaf or sunflower engraved in a dedication. The piece of art was designed by Artist Claudia Ashley-Brown. “It was a pleasure working with the team at St. Margaret’s Hospice to create a wall mounted Celebration Tree sculpture. The Hospice reception is a great space with light, height and airiness which enhanced the reflectiveness of the metallic leaves. Being able to help people remember and celebrate their loved-ones in a beautiful way and to donate vital funds to the hospice is definitely a win-win.” Says Claudia.

With the support of our local community St. Margaret’s Hospice is able to continue caring and supporting over 3,200 people across Somerset each year.

You can make a dedication online or contact St. Margaret’s on 0845 345 9671.