Ten purple lilac trees planted to commemorate 10 years at hospice site in Berkhamsted

The trees are planted during the ceremony
The trees are planted during the ceremony

Ten purple lilac trees were planted recently as part of a number of celebrations to commemorate 10 years of the Hospice of St Francis’ Spring Garden Lane site.

More than 30 founding members of the hospice joined Steve Jamieson CEO and Alison Woodhams, chair of trustees, to plant the first of 10 purple lilac trees at the site in Berkhamsted.

The guests were integral to the vision of the original hospice being founded in 1979 and its subsequent move to Spring Garden Lane. Those invited included ex-chairs of trustees Charlie Toner, Joan Gentry and Jo Connell.

Before the first tree was lowered, the ground was blessed by Hospice Chaplain Ray Ashley-Brown, who encouraged everyone to reflect on how grateful they were for the hospice and its care.

He went on to deliver a speech outlining the charity’s hopes that the trees become a physical, living symbol of the families the hospice has cared for, and the staff and volunteers who have cared for them.

Steve Jamieson said: “We were delighted to welcome so many of our valued Association Members to the Hospice and enjoyed celebrating 10 years at Spring Garden Lane with tea and a huge 10th birthday cake.

"This group have been instrumental in shaping the direction of the hospice and I am extremely grateful for their continuing interest in our work. Without passionate volunteers, we simply wouldn’t be able to offer our care and support when it matters most.”