Emma Jane Jones
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Remembering supporters at our Tree of Tribute events

Emma Jane Jones
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12 Dec 2016

A chance to come together & share, celebrate and remember those that we have lost to Blood Cancer

Many donations that are received by our organisation are sadly made in the memory of a loved one whose life has been lost to blood cancer.  We have many supporters who get in touch with Bloodwise to make a donation in memory, to set up a Tribute Fund or to run an event, as they want to be part of something positive at this very tragic time.  For some of our supporters this loss has taken place many years ago, such as our Branches (many of which were initiated after the loss of a child or family member), and for others this can be much more recent.

We are incredibly grateful for the level of support we receive from this inspiring group of supporters. Last year we responded and held our first regional Tree of Tribute events in areas where we have a large amount of fundraising and support in memory of loved ones.  It was so well received that this year we felt it was important to offer the event again to our families. 

The event is a chance for us to thank these very special individuals who bravely raise money every year and contribute to our ground breaking research with the aim that no other families will have to go through the same experience.  The event is also an opportunity for people to remember, to pay tribute and also to celebrate the lives of that special person. 

This year we had over 50 join us in the North and over 60 join us in the Midlands for these events, which both took place on Sunday 4 December.

The Midlands event took place New Hall Hotel on the edge of Birmingham in Sutton Coldfield.  It was a crisp sunny December morning for us to hold our tribute walk, which took in the Sustrans pathways and the beautiful grounds of the house.  There was much conversation had on route as well as over lunch, where people were able to share their experiences and offer one another support.

This year the North event took place in the peaceful Calderstones Park in Liverpool. We met at the Ice Cream Parlour within the park where we warmed up with a hot drink before setting off on our picturesque route around the park. The sun shone throughout the walk, which took us past Allerton Oak (Liverpool’s 1,000 year old tree), past the park’s lake, and finishing with a trip to the Old English garden and Japanese garden. After the walk we headed back the Ice Cream Parlour where lunch was served, and where everyone had opportunity to chat to others there along with the Bloodwise team, and we also got to try some of the delicious ice cream on offer.  

Throughout both events guests were invited to leave a message on a leaf that they added to our special Tree of Tribute.

This event is significantly important for those who attend and to us as an organisation. In particular that as a community these supporters can come together to share experiences, remember their loved ones, and celebrate their memory.

“Supporting the fighters, admiring the survivors, honouring the taken and NEVER EVER GIVING UP HOPE” – Bloodwise supporter