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Getting in the Christmas Spirit: Marie Curie Memory Tree


This time of year is special for a whole range of people; it is a time for hot chocolate with whipped cream, sitting by the fire, and spending time with friends and family. As the festive lights are switched on in towns and cities across the UK, the Southbank in London is welcoming a new Christmas Tree. A Christmas tree with a very special feature.

The tree’s fairy lights will be powered by people’s memories shared using the hashtag #LightUpXmas on Twitter and Instagram. And the more posts received the brighter the lights will glow.

The Christmas Tree’s initiative has been developed by Marie Curie and we think it is a wonderful idea!

Dr Jane Collins, chief executive of Marie Curie, said: “Christmas is about creating positive memories and being together at a special time.
“For many people living with a terminal illness, this will be their last Christmas but Marie Curie Nurses, volunteers and campaigners will be helping ensure they are able to make the most of the time they have, with the people they love.”

If you happen to be in London over the festive period why not visit the Christmas tree in front of the London Eye on the Southbank between 4 and 17 December and share a special memory #LightUpXmas.

This news blog is inspired by the Charity Digital News article “Memory-powered Christmas Tree devised by Charity”, Austin Clarke, 6th November 2017