MEADOW House Hospice was chosen by the Rotary Club of Great Britain and Ireland for its London tree-planting ceremony.

Trees are planted in each of the club's 29 districts. Alan O'Neil, community vocational chairman of Hanwell and Northfields Rotary and assistant governor for West London, was asked to find a suitable place in the capital and suggested the hospice.

Mr O'Neil, whose club chose the hospice as its 2009 charity, said: "We have done a number of things to try and support them over the past six years and, as we were involved in the garden, a tree fitted in very well."

Also at the tree planting on Tuesday were David Fowler, president of the Rotary Club of GB and Ireland, MP Steve Pound and Ealing resident and veteran broadcast journalist John Sergeant, who has just

become the hospice's patron.

Mr Sergeant said: "This is a very good cause and I am keen to give it my support. Anyone who lives in this part of London knows what gaps there are in the help provided for the sick and the dying. I am pleased if I can be of some help."

Meadow House Hospice, based in the grounds of Ealing Hospital, has just reached its two-year target of £400,000 to keep its services going and to put £200,000 towards its new building.

Hospice fund-raising manager Helen Ryan said she was delighted with everyone's efforts over the years. "I am grateful to all our supporters for their continued help," she added. "So many more people appreciate our care at home for end-of-life patients and understand that our service covers a wider remit than cancer."