LEEDS HOSPICES GET SPRUCED UP FOR CHRISTMAS
Leeds hospices will be receiving extra support once again this year with Christmas trees supplied by Yorkshire Water’s headworks team.
The Norway spruces, felled in YW forests and Timble Ings near Blubberhouses, form the heart of fund-raising efforts for the season.
At Wheatfields, where YW has supplied trees for at least 20 years, there are two ‘Lights of Love’ services held in the grounds, during which the tree lights, each one sponsored, are switched on. A further tree sits within the hospice for the benefit of the patients.
Plant assistant Jim Lester and colleagues, based at Scargill Depot near Harrogate, delivered a fine 25ft specimen to the Light centre in Leeds for the second year running. Here it benefits both Wheatfields and St Gemma’s hospices as part of the Yorkshire Evening Post Half and Half appeal.
Once again each light is sponsored and a special carol service, with local choir and band, will raise further funds. The appeal this year hopes to reach £2m.
Wheatfields community fundraiser Barbara Barrett said: “We are extremely grateful for all the generous help that YW continues to give year after year.”