The National Osteoporosis Society has decorated its Christmas tree to honour the lives of those affected by the bone disease osteoporosis at its head office in Camerton, near Bath.
Supporters of the local charity have backed the festive fundraising appeal by dedicating stars in celebration of their loved ones, to be displayed on the tree.
The stars are named in memory of supporters’ loved ones affected by osteoporosis – the fragile bone disease that causes painful, debilitating and sometimes fatal fractures, particularly of the wrist, hip and spine.
The National Osteoporosis Society supports people with the condition through a free Helpline, providing information, funding research and raising awareness.
Helen, who supports the charity in memory of her mother, said: “My mother, Molly, suffered very severely from osteoporosis and shrank from 6 foot tall to 5 foot 3. Despite the agony she must have been going through, she remained brave, cheerful and loving.
“I have many fond memories of her making me laugh and lifting my spirits when she must have been suffering. Dedicating a star to my wonderful mum is the perfect way to remember her at Christmas.”
The Christmas tree is on display outside the charity’s head office in Camerton until 22nd December and can be viewed between 9am and 5pm.
Georgia Moore, Individual Giving Officer for the National Osteoporosis Society, said the tree brings hope to people living with osteoporosis: “As well as cherishing memories and celebrating the lives of those who have passed away, dedicating a star in memory of a loved one brings hope to people living with osteoporosis and to future generations.
“Any donations help to provide vital information and support to those living with osteoporosis and could help fund research projects to help us beat osteoporosis.”
If you would like to dedicate a star in memory of a loved one for the charity’s dedicated Christmas tree, get in touch with the charity’s Individual Giving Officer, Georgia Moore, on 01761 473121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.