THIS Christmas, NHS Borders charity The Difference is back with their Tree of Light.

And, as part of their celebrations, they are inviting people to dedicate a light to someone special.

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented many of us with unprecedented challenges but has also led to many acts of kindness.

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Therefore, the theme of the 2022 Tree of Light campaign is ‘The Year of Thanks’.

The charity is inviting everyone to dedicate a light on their virtual tree and thank whoever it is that has helped them during the pandemic, helps them now or has always been a support.

The Tree of Light will honour those family and friends who kept our spirits up with weekly catchups on the phone or from the doorstep, neighbours who picked up prescriptions or community volunteers who helped with shopping.

People can also dedicate a light to remember those who have passed away, celebrate those who have entered the world or commemorate special occasions.

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For a small donation people can make a dedication and post a photo of who they wish to thank or celebrate.

The Difference will send out handcrafted decorations (while stocks last) which can be gifted to those you are thanking and celebrating or can be kept to honour those you have lost.

All donations made to The Difference are used to help make the difference to patient care in the Borders by supporting projects and initiatives across our region that enhance services or improve patient environments.

The charity say that they would like to thank Galashiels crafting group, “Crafty Dafties” who have kindly given their time and materials to provide the decorations.

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They also wish to thank Five Star Taxis who have generously gifted the tree at the BGH.

The Borders General Hospital Christmas tree lights will be switched on at a lighting ceremony on Tuesday 6th December at 6.30pm at the Chaplaincy Centre at the BGH, to which all are invited.

To dedicate a light, visit here or call the fundraising office on 07811 720968.