Man who lost dad and sister to cancer helps put up Lincoln charity’s cathedral tree

A local transport director, who lost his sister and dad to pancreatic cancer, has helped a local charity put up a 30ft tree outside Lincoln Cathedral this morning.

St Barnabas Hospice has worked alongside local businesses to install the 30ft Tree of Life outside Lincoln Cathedral ahead of the annual Light up a Life campaign and Torchlight Procession.

In the early hours of Thursday, November 23, a dedicated team came together to transport, install and decorate the 30ft tree.

One person involved in putting up the tree was Warren Lyon, Transport Director at S. Lyon & Son, who said: “We help out every year, but this year is even more special for me.

“Six years ago on Monday, I lost my beautiful sister to pancreatic cancer. She passed away at St Barnabas Hospice.

Photo: Stuart Wilde

“In June this year, my father was also diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and after a short illness, he too passed away.”

The tree, which was donated by the Birch family at Doddington Hall & Gardens, was transported to the cathedral by S. Lyon & Son Limited.

Lincoln Cathedral and the Tree of Life will be the finishing point for the Torchlight Procession, happening on Tuesday, November 28 from 7.30pm at Clayton’s Sports Ground, Lee Road, LN2 4BH.

Also involved in the hard work was the City of Lincoln Council, Continental Landscapes and Lincoln BIG.

Laura Stones, Event Fundraiser for St Barnabas, said: “It is wonderful that local businesses come together each year to help us install a magnificent Tree of Life outside Lincoln Cathedral, and I am so thankful for the hard work put in by everyone.

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