Willow Wood Hospice are offering people the chance to join an Easter Sunday service at which hundreds of balloons are to be released into the skies over Tameside and Glossop.
The balloons will lift into the air on Easter Sunday, 20 April 2014 from Mottram Church. with the actual launch at 12.15pm just after a short ceremony of blessing and remembrance by the Reverend James Halstead. It gives families the chance to commemorate the memory of a loved one, whilst also helping the hospice to raise valuable funds. Willow Wood which is based in Ashton under Lyne, and has a shop in Glossop, provides palliative care to local people with life threatening illnesses, with most of its funding coming from public donations.
Hospice Matron, Karen Vallantine, explains “Memories are often about the times loved ones have spent together and the balloon release symbolises many different things to many different people. It is an occasion when we can release tender thoughts of our loved ones on this very special day in the year”.
Those wishing to commemorate a loved one are asked to visit the hospice website at www.willowwood.info or ring the Hospice on 0161 330 7788. They will either send you details or indeed take your dedication over the phone. In return, Willow Wood will send you a special ribbon on which you can write your own personal message. Each ribbon will then be mounted onto a “Memories” panel at Willow Wood where it will be available for viewing throughout the following month.
Speaking about 2012′s balloon release, Head of Fundraising John Fellowes said: “Last year the grounds outside of Mottram Church were full of emotion as the Rev James Halstead gave a short blessing just before the commemorative balloons were released. The mass of hundreds of balloons then carried the thoughts, prayers and loving memories of loved ones over the local hills and into the blue sky as they rose high above the landscape.”
For more information visit the Willow Wood Hospice website or call 0161 330 7788.