Following on from its fantastic Craft Out West Festival last month, Hospice West Auckland has turned its attention to the understanding that Christmas is a time for thinking of all the people we love, including those who have passed on.
How best to commemorate loved ones no longer with us, can be a struggle for some people and many others draw strength, comfort and indeed inspiration through shared occasions.
To help meet these wishes Hospice has created a number of shared remembrance events this Christmas, some that generate support for Hospice and some that are simply ways to share a memory.
One is to create a star at a Tree of Remembrance in shopping malls, Farmers Department stores and busy shopping areas in west Auckland, in the lead up to Christmas. In exchange for a donation, you can write a message or memory in honour of a loved one.
Volunteers are still needed for shifts to mind the trees, the commitment sought is just one 3 hour shift but more if you can spare the time.
Please contact EmmaM@hwa.org.nz or phone 0274 033 450 if you’d like to help out. Your gift of time will make a real difference to people remembering their loved ones this Christmas and help Hospice at the same time.
The other option is to light up a star on the virtual Remembrance Tree at www.hwa.org.nz Hospice House at 52 Beach Rd, Te Atatu Peninsula will be all lit up until 31 December with thanks to local businesses.
Hospice West Auckland provides care and support at no cost to the people of west Auckland, during terminal or life-limiting illness.