St. Joseph’s Hospice is launching its annual Light up a Life appeal this week and they are inviting local families to join them to remember their loved ones.
The Light up a Life remembrance and carol service will take place from 4pm on Sunday 10th December and will be followed by a Christmas light switch-on.
Every year, hundreds of local people dedicate a light on the hospice’s Christmas tree to celebrate or remember the life of a friend, relative or colleague, whether they are no longer with us or just a long way away.
Dedications can be made from this week and will be entered into the hospice’s special Light up a Life dedication book. Memory hearts will also be available at the service to write a personal tribute to hang on the tree.
Mike Parr, Chief Executive of St. Joseph’s Hospice, said: “Light up a Life is a wonderful way to think about special people at Christmas time.
“It is a very festive occasion, not only for those who have a connection to the hospice but for is anyone who would like to make a dedication to someone they love or have loved.”
Last year, Sheila Stone (pictured below left), from Crosby, dedicated lights to her Aunty Joan and Uncle Dave who both died at the hospice in February 2016. She said: “I’ve been coming to Light up a Life since my mum died many years ago. Part of my heart is here because of all the wonderful work they do. I knew Father O’Leary and he was such a wonderful man. St. Joseph’s Hospice is just such a significant part of our local community.”
Joyce Johnson, from Thornton, said “Being together with others makes it a bit easier as we’re all here together for the same thing, to remember those we love.”
Fiona Hollis, from Crosby, said: “Light up a Life is a lovely service. It’s so comforting to be surrounded by others who have been though the same grieving process. We may not know each other but we’re all one big family, all in it together.”
Dedications can be made now by downloading a form here. Forms are also available from St. Joseph’s Hospice shops and other locations around Merseyside.
To find out more about Light up a Life or how you can support St. Joseph’s Hospice, please call 0151 932 6044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to make a donation to St. Joseph’s Hospice, please text JOSP05 plus the amount you’d like to donate to 70070 e.g. JOSP05 £10 to donate £10.