Staff and visitors to Ashworth Hospital have been given the opportunity to remember loved ones at the entrances to the site.
Two memory trees have been placed at the staff and visitors entrances to the hospital, one of only three high secure hospitals in the country, and visitors are encouraged to leave a message to missing loved ones.
Those contributing to the memory trees are also encouraged to give a donation to either Marie Curie Hospices, Woodlands Hospice in Liverpool and Willowbrook Hospice in Prescot.
The memory trees are the idea of Liz Savage, a member of the security staff at the hospital, who said: “It’s a simple idea – you can stop for a moment, write the name of someone you’re thinking of and provide a small donation to the charity of your choice.
“We’ve had a lot of interest from staff as we’ve sadly lost a few colleagues this year and it’s our way of coming together to remember them while also giving to good causes.”
Visitors and staff can leave messages on one of the trees in the visitors’ entrance to the hospital.