Hospice supporter honours sister

JANINE RANKIN
Last updated 13:52 01/12/2012
Duncan Small
WARWICK SMITH/Fairfax NZ
STRINGING CANDLES: For 17 years, Duncan Small has prepared the remembrance candles for Arohanui Hospice’s Christmas fundraiser.

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One of Arohanui Hospice's most loyal supporters has delivered another 4500 cardboard candles in time for the Light up a Life Christmas Remembrance Trees.

For each of the last 17 years Duncan Small, from Hunterville, has taken on the task of stringing the candles ready to be hung on the trees.

His younger sister, Becky, died at the hospice in 1995, aged 21, and he has carried out the annual task since in her honour. His father, Jim, helps out, but Duncan does most of the work himself over several weeks.

The task this year was a little more challenging than before, with green and yellow ribbon replacing the traditional string to create a more attractive display. The trees will be set up in The Plaza near Farmers from Monday, December 10, until Christmas Eve.

The fundraiser invites people to make a donation for a candle, to write a message to remember a loved one, and hang it on one of the trees.

Last year it raised $4000, said fundraiser Jacki Ramson.

The Arohanui stand will be manned by dozens of volunteers from several community groups during the lead-up to Christmas.

Hospice staff will also be making visits to promote the hospice philosophy and explain why community fundraising is so important to ensure the extra care and services.

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