Christmas is a time when the loss of loved ones can be strongly felt.

Waipuna Hospice, in partnership with Hospice New Zealand and Farmers, are once again giving our community the chance to remember those held dear with their Remembrance Tree Appeal.

The Waipuna Hospice Remembrance Tree Appeal is a time when the community is encouraged to leave a message on a Christmas tree for their loved ones, remembering those who they can’t be with. In return, a donation is made which goes directly back to helping those in our community facing a life-limiting illness through the work of Waipuna Hospice.

The personal notes are a way for those grieving a loved one or missing someone abroad, leading up to what can often be a challenging festive season, to gain a little comfort while also helping Waipuna Hospice raise crucial funds to help meet a shortfall in operating costs.

Remembrance trees will be set up in Farmers stores from November 19th, and community-based remembrance tree sites will start from November 26th. Please donate generously, and leave a loving message for someone you can’t be with this Christmas. Christmas baubles are also available in all Farmers stores.

All donations made in the Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty community, including the sales of the Christmas Baubles at local Farmers stores, stay in this region and are given directly to Waipuna Hospice.

2021 limited edition hospice bauble – Togetherness

This year’s bauble evokes the Christmas spirit, where family, friends and communities come together to enjoy each other’s company and to make lasting memories. During this time of year, we also remember those who are no longer with us and cherish those who are.

The few years have been challenging for many with the impact of the COVID-19. It’s during these difficult times, we realise the importance of people coming together to support each other. We also miss those who live overseas or even those who live nearby but are not part of the same bubble and of course those who are no longer with us. So, this Christmas we want to recognise both the people supporting each other and the people we can’t be with.

Hanging a ‘Togetherness’ bauble on your tree this year is a symbol of being around those you love. Gifting a bauble is also the perfect way to show a loved one you will always be with them, even if you’re physically apart.

Get yours today by visiting any local Farmers store.