Hospiscare’s 2014 Christmas Tree Illuminates Cathedral Green

The festive season is upon us! And as well as being a time for family and for friends, it’s also a time for giving. At Spark Squad, we value the community and our place in it – which is why we were delighted to team-up with local charity Hospiscare to help brighten up Christmas.

Every year, Hospiscare reaches out to thousands of people in Exeter and the surrounding area by brightening-up the Cathedral Green in the town centre with a giant Christmas tree. This year, the tree is 40ft – and each light represents a life that has sadly been extinguished in our community. The tree is also a crucial part of the various memorial services which take place over the festive period, affording people the chance to say goodbye to their loved ones in a meaningful and memorable way.

Light Up a Life

Hospiscare allows people the chance to dedicate one light to their departed friend or relative, as part of the Light Up a Life Campaign, as well as record their name in the Book of Memories. Doing so is a fitting tribute to the memory of their dearly beloved and one which many people find an invaluable part of the grieving process.

The Tree of Light has stood on Cathedral Green for more than 20 years, and Hospiscare has been involved in the Services of Light since 2001. This year, Spark Squad is proud to announce that we have joined forces with the charity to ensure this essential event could take place. The continued presence of the Tree of Light in front of our cathedral is an ever-present reminder of the loving memories of those who have departed and of the strong community spirit embodied in those left behind.

Thank you to all involved…

Other fantastic local companies involved in the project were the Heaver Brothers, who transported and erected the tree and supplied its foundation block. Exe Scaffolding put up the hoardings surrounding the tree, and Clinton Devon Estates were an invaluable sponsor.

Around 1,200 people are expected to attend this year’s service and Spark Squad would like to take the opportunity to thank our partners in this endeavour and the wider community as a whole for making Exeter such a harmonious and strong-willed place to live and work.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Spark Squad and a happy New Year!