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How you can dedicate a light on a tree this Christmas in memory of those with cancer

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 November 2016

Macmillan Cancer Support fund-raising committee in Lowestoft. Back row left to right: Vanessa Osborn, Sue Meaden, Lee Pull, Allison Mills, Greta Harrison. Front row left to right: Sue Tabiner, Gwen Van Wade, Delwyn Long and Sally Cutts. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

Macmillan Cancer Support fund-raising committee in Lowestoft. Back row left to right: Vanessa Osborn, Sue Meaden, Lee Pull, Allison Mills, Greta Harrison. Front row left to right: Sue Tabiner, Gwen Van Wade, Delwyn Long and Sally Cutts. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

There will be a chance to remember loved ones and raise funds for charity as The Journal once again teams up with the Lowestoft Macmillan Cancer Support Committee for its annual Tree of Life appeal

For a £2 donation, readers can dedicate a light on the tree at Palmers department store in London Road North in memory of a special person – those who are living and those who have died.

A full list of names will appear in The Journal early in the New Year.

Allison Mills, chairman of the Lowestoft Cancer Support Committee, said: “Anyone can be affected by cancer, either personally, family member, friend, work colleague or neighbour and the Tree of Life event is a wonderful way of supporting all those people, as well as remembering all those that are no longer with us. Everyone has their own personal reason for making a dedication.”

Proceeds from the appeal will boost Macmillan’s work in Waveney and across the UK, supporting those with cancer.

Part of the money will be used for patient grants, providing necessities and travel expenses to those who are ill and for those caring for them. It will also help fund the work of Macmillan’s dedicated team of specialist cancer nurses.

The Tree of Life has been running for 23 years with the support of Palmers and is one of the main sources of fund-raising for the Lowestoft committee.

Committee members and volunteers have also been busy fund-raising throughout the year, raising £12,000 so far this year. Their fund-raising events have included a spring ball at Potters Leisure Resort, a swing dance at the Ivy House Country Hotel, collections, coffee mornings and a Christmas craft fair at the Hotel Victoria.

Mrs Mills added: “The committee members wished to thank all of their supporters, their venue hosts, Palmers and The Journal, without whose help the fund-raising and the thousands of pound generated could not have been achieved, as every little bit counts.”

Fill in the form in this week’s Journal with your dedication to accompany your donation, remembering to fill in the Gift Aid section if it applies, and drop it off at one of the locations listed, where you can also obtain extra forms.

Donations can also be made online at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Lowestoft-Committee. Email macmillanlowestoft@gmail.com or contact Macmillan on 0300 1000 200 for information.

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