PREPARATIONS are under way for erecting the Tree of Light once more at Borders General Hospital.

Now in its fourth year, NHS Borders will allow families from across the region to remember the loved ones they've lost.

Each special light which decorates the Christmas tree will be dedicated to someone special.

A spokeswoman for NHS Borders told us: "Dedicating a light is a simple yet moving way of remembering those you love or have loved, and will also spread joy to the people who visit the BGH over the forthcoming festive season.

"With every light dedication, a donation is made to the NHS Borders’ charity, The Difference, and used to help make the difference to patient care in the Borders by supporting projects and initiatives across our region that enhance our services or improve patient environments."

Since the Tree of Light was first introduced in 2015, a total of £2,800 has been raised for hospital projects.

The spokeswoman added: "Those who dedicate a light will receive a special e-card which can be forwarded on to loved ones, and for those who give permission to do so, a list of dedications will appear on the NHS Borders website."

This year's Tree of Light switch-on will take place on Thursday, December 5 at 6.30pm.

To dedicate a light visit or call the NHS Borders fundraising office on 01896 825520.