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Press Release: Founder of Tree of Hope Passes Away

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Press Release: 18th June 2019

Founder of national charity Tree of Hope, Corinne Gardner passes away


It is with great sadness that Tree of Hope has learned that Corinne Gardner who founded this children’s charity in 1992 in Bexhill-on-sea has died.  Corinne first established the charity for two local children and their families in Bexhill, with a great deal of support from the local community. The charity is now national and helps families and their children across the UK and Ireland and always remained dear to Corinne’s heart. Corinne was Life President of the Tree of Hope and she kept in contact right until the very end of her life and loved hearing about the children and their stories of hope and inspiration.


Corinne started Tree of Hope out of a desire to help children to raise funds for treatments and services not provided freely by the UK health service and she was passionate about families being helped to raise these much needed funds. It was key to her that Tree of Hope would support families to gain a better quality of life for their severely ill or disabled child and that the charity would be open to all that need this help.


As Tree of Hope evolved over the years we realised there were a lot more children out there who needed treatment and the demand for support was growing for services not ordinarily available through UK health provision. Today we support over 550 families with their fundraising campaigns every year, helping children get the medical help they need for a better quality of life.


Tree of Hope’s Trustees and staff send their sincerest condolences to Corinne’s family and thank her for her inspiration and dedication over the years that led to Tree of Hope being founded and being the source of support for so many families that it is today. None of this would have been possible without Corinne’s vision for changing children’s lives for the better. She was a wonderful, caring lady and will be greatly missed by the many people whose lives she changed.

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