Remember loved ones this Christmas

BENDIGO residents are being invited to remember loved ones by writing a special message and hanging a bauble on Bendigo Health's Palliative Care Trees of Remembrance.

The Trees of Remembrance will be at Bendigo Marketplace's south entrance foyer until December 20.

Volunteers Mary Raymond and Janet Brown were busy helping people hang their baubles this week.

"It's designed for people who've lost someone, perhaps during the year, and are going to be lonely at Christmas or upset because that person is missing," Ms Raymond said.

"This an opportunity for them to write a little card.

"We ask for a small donation and money then goes towards training palliative care volunteers.

"I was a community volunteer that meant I went to see the client in their home and it gave the carer a chance to have  break."

Money raised from the gold coin donation is used to replenish the bauble supply as well as orientate, educate and support palliative care volunteers.

Bendigo Health Volunteer Services manager Sharon Walsh said the Trees of Remembrance was a community support and awareness activity.

Ms Walsh said the initiative was co-ordinated by Bendigo Health Volunteer Services and palliative care volunteer support workers. To find out about volunteering call Bendigo Health on 5454 7690.

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