DCHS Festive Countdown - Ripley Hospital’s Tree of Memories
Ripley Hospital’s Tree of Memories
Staff, patients and visitors at Ripley Hospital are being invited to add a card to the League of Friends’ Tree of Memories during the festive period.
Healthcare assistants Linda Hill and Hannah Rodgers (pictured) have given their time to help with the winter tableau artwork, together with a real community effort on the rest of the festive decorations in the hospital’s main reception and waiting area.
This year, because of the building work underway to create a brand new phlebotomy department, there isn’t space for a real 3-D Christmas tree in the reception area so a creative mural Christmas tree is taking its place on the wooden boarding separating off the building work.
People are invited to buy a card from the League of Friends shop to add to the Christmas tree mural in memory of a loved one. The tree is already looking very festive with a big selection of cards pinned to the branches.
Ripley Hospital’s League of Friends works tirelessly to raise funds for the hospital and is currently funding the extension to the phlebotomy department. It will include three new phlebotomy cubicles together with extra seating.
Su Noonan, Ripley Hospital’s site coordinator, said: “The plain boarding has now been transformed with the help of local nursery and school children, guides, patients, staff and volunteers into a wonderful virtual tree of memories. Templates of Christmas trees, baubles and candy canes were coloured and decorated with glitter, string, buttons, paint and great enthusiasm. We were very fortunate to have the help of two members of staff, Linda and Hannah from outpatients’ department, who gave up their time to create out winder tableau. With grateful thanks to everybody who helped to make our Tree of Memories take shape this year.”