The N&N Hospital Charity will be shining bright this Festive season as Christmas trees, decorated by local businesses, will transform St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich into a glittering spectacle.
For the first time, the N&N Hospitals Charity has its very own tree which will represent our Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal which was launched at the end of October.
The appeal aims to raise £800,000 to open a larger breast cancer unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital which will mean patients will receive same-day diagnostic tests and imaging assessment, eliminating the wait currently facing some patients.
The Charity Christmas Tree Festival will be officially opened by the Lord Mayor in the church on Wednesday, November 28th and will be open to the public from Thursday, November 29th until Monday, December 3rd.
The event is run by the Rotary Club of Norwich St Edmund, with the support of St Peter Mancroft Church, all net proceeds will go to the club for distribution to the church and local charities with this year’s theme being “health”. Entry to the Festival is free but donations will be very much appreciated.
Trees are sponsored by local businesses for themselves or on behalf of local charities and N&N Hospitals Charity is delighted that The Forum has supported us to allow us to have our very own Boudicca tree for the Festival of Light.
Tim Bishop from the Forum Trust said: “It’s a fantastic cause that will directly benefit the lives of thousands of people across Norfolk and we’re delighted to help.
“That wait between thinking there might be a problem and hearing whether or not you have breast cancer has a huge impact on the lives of patients, families and colleagues. This appeal can take away that agonising delay and quicker treatment will save lives.”
The Boudicca tree will be adorned with pink, red and silver decorations to reflect the colours of the breast cancer appeal logo.
The base is surrounded by heart-shaped pillows made by Norwich’s Boudicca Way WI group for breast cancer patients at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals and which help relieve pain or pressure for breast cancer patients who have had an operation.
There are also gift tags around the base of the tree and we would encourage visitors to write a message in support of someone they know who has had breast cancer.
Louise Cook, N&N Hospitals Charity Head of Fundraising, said: “Christmas is a very special time of year and we hope our Boudicca Tree will resonate will the people of Norwich. We hope both staff and visitors to the Festival will write a message and carry away the message about our appeal.
“Thank you to everyone who made our tree possible in particular the Rotary who invited us to take part and the Forum Trust which sponsored our tree.”
For more information about the Boudicca Appeal, please visit www.nnuhcharity.org.uk