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Official Opening of Tree of Hope’s New Offices!

Office Opening. Mayor


On Wednesday 28th June, Tree of Hope welcomed the Mayor of Tonbridge Cllr Roger Dalton and Deputy Mayor Cllr Pam Bates to officially cut the ribbon at their new offices in Tonbridge.

Gill Gibb, CEO of Tree of Hope welcomed everyone to the event and giving an overview of the work being done at Tree of Hope. Currently Tree of Hope supports over 800 families to raise much needed funds for treatment that is not available through the UK Health Sector. The Mayor of Tonbridge and Deputy Mayor then expressed how much they admired Tree of Hope’s work. They were both honoured to be able to officially open the office.

One of the children Tree of Hope supports is Crowborough based Louis. Louis experienced issues in the womb, with Mum Jody spending a long time in hospital during pregnancy. Baby Louis required five in utero blood transfusions, and was born 7 weeks premature. At 5 days old, an MRI scan revealed Louis had suffered severe brain damage. By the age of 4, he was given a diagnosis of quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Subsequently meaning all four limbs are affected. Louis cannot sit up, walk or talk independently and has problems eating and drinking.  Consequently, he is fed via a gastronomy. Louis requires intensive physio and hydrotherapy to help with the increased tone in his muscles.

The official opening of the office took place in Tree of Hope’s newly decorated meeting room. The room was transformed by staff from Marks & Spencer Tunbridge Wells who are corporate supporters of Tree of Hope.

As part of the nationwide initiative from Marks & Spencer ‘Spend it Well’ the Tunbridge Wells store were given £500 to leave a lasting legacy.  They decided this money should be given to Tree of Hope. They put it to good use by transforming an originally ordinary meeting room, to one that is bright and welcoming. Many pictures of the children Tree of Hope support are around the room and a map of the UK shows locations of the children supported.

With a small number of staff doing such a big job, it is often hard to get out and visit all the families Tree of Hope supports. However, with a large screen now installed in the meeting room, it is possible to Skype families regularly.

After the ribbon was cut Simon Walker and Christine Derbyshire Operations Managers at Marks & Spencer handed over a cheque for £900. This donation was raised from their colleagues who took part in the Starfish Races in May.

Gill Gibb, CEO of Tree of Hope comments: “I would like to thank everyone for coming to our event today and for your tremendous support. I would particularly like to thank the Mayor Cllr Roger Dalton and Deputy Mayor Cllr Pam Bates for opening our new offices and for helping us highlight the work we do to raise valuable funds for our families.”

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