Talented Mae Flicker, 13, returned to Queen’s Hospital on Monday 3 December to turn on the Christmas tree lights and play festive tunes on the piano in honour of a lost loved one for the second year running.
She’d played in memory of her nan, Margaret Green, at the Christmas tree light switch on last year, and on returning this week, said it was ‘doubly special’ that she could also dedicate it to her great-grandmother, Lois Green, 98, who died in July this year.
She said: “I really enjoy doing it and it takes something sad and makes it a more positive memory.”
Mum Liz added: “It’s nice to be back for a positive thing, and Mae really loves to play piano so it’s lovely she can do it here in memory of both my mum and nan.
“My dad still goes to the bereavement support meetings the Trust runs five years on and finds them really helpful.”
Mae was also joined by the choir from her school Frances Bardsley singing Christmas carols at the event.
The tree lighting ceremony also launched our Treasured Memories Appeal, which funds memory boxes for bereaved children and young people.
Anyone can make a donation to the King George and Queen’s Hospitals Charity to dedicate one of the lights in memory of their loved one, which includes a written dedication on the tree.
A ceremony was also held at King George Hospital on Thursday 6 December.
Pictured is Mae with (l-r) aunt Laura O’Connor, mum Liz and grandad Derek Green.