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Christmas tree at Stephanie's Flowers in Bourne will help remember loved ones

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A tree has been put up in a town centre for people to have a special moment to remember their loved ones while giving money to good causes.

Stephanie's Flowers has been putting a tree up for 10 years which helps to raise money for good causes.

People are able to buy a ribbon bow to tie on the tree for £1 which they can dedicate to a loved one.

People are able to buy a bow from the shop for £1 and tie it to the tree in memory of a loved one
People are able to buy a bow from the shop for £1 and tie it to the tree in memory of a loved one

All money that the shop makes from the ribbons goes towards charity.

The tree is located in Crown Walk just outside of the flower shop and is sourced locally every year.

Stephanie Romaine, owner of the shop, said: "It's brilliant. While we advertise, we would like to keep charities in mind and we all have special connections to loved ones.

"Some will come back every year and even buy the same colour bow to add a personal touch."

The firm originally started to put the tree up after a member of staff lost their child to meningitis and so they wanted to raise money for the charity Meningitis Now.

Shaun Charlton donated a tree the first year, and every year cuts down the tree and puts it up with his wife Karen for the shop.

Holly Fretwell, a floristry assistant at the shop, said: "Especially with what happened, it's really important for people at the moment to have a place where they can remember their loved ones and have a tradition they could stick to."

This year, Stephanie's Flowers have appealed to their followers on Instagram and Facebook to decide which charity to donate to this year with most saying they would like the money to go towards Cancer Research or Mind.

"People think about their family at Christmas time and want to see their family but some can't and it's nice to provide a place for people to come to and have a moment to remember those they have lost," Stephanie said.

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