More and more trees across the area are lighting up for Christmas in aid of the Thorpe Hall Lights of Love campaign.
More than 80 schools, care homes, offices, work places, gyms and hotels have got involved and are hosting their own Lights of Love trees, exceeding the initial target of just 50.
All the baubles that guests, students, visitors, staff and clients are inscribing messages onto, are helping to raise the vital funds needed to build a new hospice to go alongside the existing Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough.
Among those with a tree is Frothy’s coffee shop in Ironmonger Street, Stamford, and staff encouraged people to support the appeal by visiting the shop to write on one of their baubles.
Kirsty Clipston, hospice fundraiser, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of venues which have offered to host a Lights of Love tree for us.
“If everyone across Stamford and Rutland who comes across a Lights of Love tree leaves a message on a bauble in exchange for a donation we’ll receive a massive cash boost to our appeal.
“All the money raised will be helping to fund the building of our new hospice. Work is progressing fast now - we have some of the walls in place and you can clearly see the footprint of the new unit.”
To shine even brighter, this weekend the Thorpe Hall Hospice will be hosting its Lights of Love carol service, taking place on Sunday from 4.30pm.
Thousands of people are expected to join in the open air concert which will feature bands, choirs and musicians.
The centrepiece of the celebrations is the hospice’s own Lights of Love tree, which was donated by Tallington Christmas Tree Farm.
Taking pride of place in the Great Hall, the tree’s branches already hold a number of baubles, each inscribed with messages.
Santa will also be takingtime out of his very busy schedule to visit Thorpe Hall during the event, meeting children to find out what they’d like to find in their stocking on Christmas Day.
Kirsty said: “Once again we’ve got some brilliant musicians to lead the singing – the City of Peterborough Concert Band, Peterborough Voices and bagpipe player Kathryn Johnston. But of course it’s our guests who really bring everyone’s favourite carols alive.”
The concert will take place in the gardens at the hospice, in Thorpe Road, Longthorpe.
Lights of Love is free to attend. Choir sheets cost £1. Doors open at 4.30pm with the firework finale scheduled for 7pm.
Kirsty added: “Everyone at Thorpe Hall would like to say a very big thank you to everyone across the area who has supported us this year and who is doing so with our Lights of Love campaign. And of course we wish you all a merry Christmas too.”