Dales care home in touching tribute to remember those sadly lost during pandemic

A Dales care home held a memorial and tree blessing event to remember those whose lives have been claimed by the pandemic in collaboration with Longshaw Estate, National Trust.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 11:53 am
Updated Friday, 9th April 2021, 11:56 am
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Residents and staff at Moorland House, Hathersage took time to remember those sadly lost over the last year and dedicated a special tree in memory of them.

As part of the event, Chris Millner and Lucy Jones, both rangers from Longshaw Estate, visited Moorland House to plant the tree. Residents were invited to watch in the garden and, as friends and family were unable to attend due to restrictions, the event was live streamed on the home’s Facebook page.

Activities co-ordinator, Amy Taylor, said: “We wanted to commemorate everything we have been through over the past year with the COVID pandemic and find a way to positively move into a new year by planting new life.

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“We do a lot of recycling projects here at Moorland House and I think the COVID pandemic has really focused our attention to the environment and nature in general.

“I was aware of the National Trust’s tree planting scheme and with the home being so close to Longshaw Estate, thought it a great way to get involved and help support another local charity.

“The National Trust have gifted us a beautiful Rowan tree and when it’s safe to do so, we will take our residents up to Longshaw and help plant some trees in return”.

Home manager, Shirley Reece-Johnson, opened the ceremony and thanked the staff for their hard work during the pandemic.

Shirley said: “The tremendous resilience shown by the residents and their families makes planting a new life more significant in moving forward out of the pandemic. Moreover, I am proud to say I work with such a conscientious team who are skilled in many ways. The staff have managed to work under extreme circumstances and this tree is also to remember their dedication and hard work.”

MHA Chaplain Sue Lamprell blessed the tree and made a toast to absent friends. The residents of Moorland House really enjoyed the event, especially with such sunny weather, and hope to visit Longshaw Estate as soon as possible.

Moorland House are asking friends, relatives and anyone who wants to get involved if they would like to make a donation to the tree planting scheme to help fund the project. You can even donate a tree in memory of a loved one. The website is www.nationaltrust.org.uk/PeakDistrictAppeal.