Thank you to Jen Barnes from the Phyllis Tuckwell Press Office for this story..We have republished it fully here.

The sun was just breaking through the morning mist, as the Kayll family gathered with staff from Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice to officially launch the Hospice’s new Memory tree

Donated to the Hospice by Maureen Kayll, in memory of her husband Jeremy, the Memory Tree is a beautiful sculpture which stands in a quiet area of the Hospice gardens. Along its branches curl 300 thin hooks, from which delicate leaves can be hung, each dedicated by family or friends to the memory of a loved one.

Memory Tree

At the launch, the Kayll family and Hospice staff remembered the life of Jeremy Kayll, a doctor and Farnborough Rotarian who was jointly instrumental in launching Music in the Park, which has raised over £282k for the Hospice over the past 12 years. This increasingly popular fundraising event started out as an evening concert of classical music in 2001, but soon proved so popular that it was increased to two evenings, and has been held biannually ever since.

Sadly, Jeremy was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, and died in the Hospice in 2012. Maureen Kayll said of her husband: “Jeremy was a GP in Farnborough for many years so came to know the Hospice well through his work and his fundraising efforts with the Rotary Club of Farnborough. When he became ill, the Hospice gave us so much.

Everyone was so kind and caring, and the level of support was phenomenal. Donating the Memory Tree was my way of acknowledging the wonderful care provided by the Hospice as well as honouring Jeremy’s memory.”

The Hospice would like to thank Maureen and her family for their very generous donation, and hopes that the Tree will become a focal point for family and friends to remember loved ones whom they have lost.

Designed and created by sculptor Fiona Campbell, the Memory Tree is part of the charity’s 35-year anniversary celebrations. Families and friends who have lost loved ones are invited to dedicate a leaf in their memory. For a donation of £100 or more, the leaf will be engraved with the name of their loved one and displayed on the Tree for 12 months, after which it will be placed in a presentation box and given to the person who bought it. Each month, a small ceremony will be held to place all newly- amed leaves on the tree.

To find out more, visit www.pth.org.uk/memory-tree or call 01252 729446.

About Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

For 35 years Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice has provided Specialist Palliative Care to adult patients and their families affected by a terminal illness (such as cancer, heart or lung disease) in West Surrey and part of North East Hampshire serving 550,000 residents.

Every day we support over 140 patients and their families in their own homes, in the community and at the Hospice (on our In-Patient Unit, in Day Hospice, at out-patient appointments and through Patient & Family Support).

The NHS covers less than 15% of the Hospice’s costs. This means we have to raise 85p in every pound the Hospice needs, so we rely heavily on the support and generosity of our local community. All our services are free of charge to our patients and their families, but we need to raise over £15,000 a day to offer such an exceptional standard of clinical care and support.

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