St Nicholas Hospice memory tree to raise £100k

The family of Fred Grimsey, his former colleagues and friends gather at a ceremony at the new St Nic

The family of Fred Grimsey, his former colleagues and friends gather at a ceremony at the new St Nicholas Hospice Care Tree of Reflection. The tree is dedicated in his memory. - Credit: Archant

A handcrafted metal tree where loved ones who have died can be remembered has been unveiled at St Nicholas Hospice Care.

The Tree of Reflection, in memory of former Bury St Edmunds teacher Fred Grimsey, features copper and aluminium leaves which can be inscribed with the names of people who have died.

On Saturday family, friends and colleagues gathered in the gardens of the Hospice, in Hardwick Lane, to see the tree and to pay tribute to Fred, who died in June.

His wife Julie said: “I am extremely proud that this memorial has been dedicated to Fred. So many people have been involved in the creation of it and it is just extraordinary.

“I would like to thank everybody who has been involved in any way. The Tree of Reflection will be here for many years to come.”


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Fred, who taught PE at St Louis Middle School for 21 years and at St Felix Middle School, Newmarket, previously, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in October 2013. Saturday’s ceremony was held on what would have been Fred’s 62nd birthday.

The hospice cared for him before he died and the family have raised £10,000 for the charity.

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It is hoped that The Tree of Reflection can help raise £100,000 for the Hospice in its first three years.

If you wish to dedicate a leaf call 01284 715559 and ask to speak to the Fundraising Team about the Tree of Reflection.

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