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Tree of Hope installed at Wigan Infirmary

In recognition of the work carried out by key workers, a special ‘Tree of Hope’ has been installed at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan.

The ‘Tree’, donated to Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) by local company, Festive Lights, will be lit using LED lighting technology in a permanent lighting feature that will be the very first of its kind in the UK.

And it is hoped that the Tree, sited outside of the Trust’s Christopher Home building at RAEI, will serve as a reminder of the dedication given by staff across the Trust and the wider Wigan Borough.

Martin Coop, Head of Projects at Festive Lights, Sofia Coop aged 8, Mary Fleming Chief Operating Officer at WWL, and Matt Higginson Commercial Sales Director at Festive Lights at the official switch on

A special switch on event was held on Thursday at 8pm, to coincide with the national ‘Clap for Carer’ where the ‘Tree of Hope’ was illuminated by nine thousand LEDs, in alternating NHS bright blue and rainbow displays.

The tree then displayed colors celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE day on 8th May as an added mark of thanks to those in the armed forces.

Mary Fleming, WWL’s Chief Operating Officer said: “To have something so prominent at the front of our hospital really does serve as a reminder of all the hard work and dedication of our staff across the whole of the Trust and the wider Wigan Borough.

“A big thank you must go to Festive Lights for installing the tree; it really is fantastic.”

Festive Lights created the spectacular animated lighting installation, which will illuminate the tree with the very latest in LED lighting technology.

Stephen Alty, Festive Lights’ General Manager said: “This is about us, as an organisation, saying thank you to the NHS and helping them spread their message for people to stay safe and at home.”

“These innovative lights create a near limitless number of stunning visual effects; they are controlled remotely, and will provide the hospital with the most amazing permanent lighting feature that will be the very first of its kind in the UK.”

In future, it is hoped that the Tree will be used to encourage people to donate to the recently established, ‘WWL Healthcare Heroes’ fund.