Open morning at Bury St Edmunds hospice is a chance to remember loved ones

The family of Fred Grimsey, his former colleagues and friends gather at a ceremony at St Nicholas Hospice Care's Tree of Reflection - the tree is dedicated in his memory - last year

The family of Fred Grimsey, his former colleagues and friends gather at a ceremony at St Nicholas Hospice Care's Tree of Reflection - the tree is dedicated in his memory - last year

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A handcrafted metal tree where people can remember loved ones who have died is opening to the public on Saturday (March 19).

The Tree of Reflection open morning, at St Nicholas Hospice Care, in Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, will give anyone interested in remembering a loved one – whether they were cared for by the hospice or not – a chance to see the tree.

Tree of Reflection at St Nicholas Hospice Care

Tree of Reflection at St Nicholas Hospice Care

The event, from 10am-noon, is being held to mark the first anniversary of the Tree of Reflection and to promote it more widely.

The unique tree, which was forged from stainless steel by Stowlangtoft metalworkers and blacksmiths Designs on Metal, stands in the hospice’s peaceful gardens.

Following a donation, copper or aluminium leaves are inscribed with a loved one’s name and family and friends can visit the tree at any time.

Nick Duncan, hospice legacy officer, said: “The Tree of Reflection is a lovely way to remember those we have lost who are no longer with us. We hope you will be able to join us and some of the other families whose donations have contributed to the success of the tree in its first year. Feel free to drop in at any time during the course of the morning.”

Tea, coffee and scones will be available.

For more information, contact Nick on 01284 715559 or email nick.duncan@stnh.org.uk