The Light Up A Life 2016 appeal has been officially launched by St Andrew’s Hospice ahead of the festive season.
Light up a loved one’s life and help make each day count for people with life-limiting illnesses.
The Light Up A Life 2016 appeal has been officially launched by St Andrew’s Hospice ahead of the festive season. This year sees the introduction of the Ribbon of Remembrance – a new way to cherish memories, or simply remember those who cannot be with us this Christmas, for whatever reason.
The charity has held the appeal in the town for many years, which culminates in moving and uplifting service at Grimsby Minster, this year on Saturday, November 26, when a 20ft tree is illuminated by thousands of lights in a celebration of life, love and hope.
It is an opportunity to celebrate the work of St Andrew’s, which provides free care for both adults and children with life-limiting illnesses in North East Lincolnshire and the wider region, said Jane Whenham-White, head of income generation.
“Light Up A Life is one of the most popular events in our calendar,” she continued. “The service is always very-well attended, and I think this is because it really is a beautiful and uplifting experience made particularly poignant at the time of year, in one of the area’s most majestic landmarks."
The usual way of supporting Light Up A Life, through a donation to the appeal, is available now. Existing hospice supporters will receive information through the post or click here.
Jane added: “Light Up A Life is a nationwide initiative which is about celebrating the ethos and principles of the hospice movement. It is the chance for us, as an individual hospice, to celebrate and highlight our work. But most importantly, it is an opportunity to not only remember people we have lost but also those who simply cannot be with us at this time of year, such as servicemen and women, or travellers.
“The service at the Minster will begin at 2pm, and we are delighted to be welcoming back the Humber Belles, whose performance last year was so well received.
"And we're delighted that local playwright Ben Parfrement Parkes has written a poem especially for the service, which will be read by the hospice's first ever fundraiser, Yvonne Wright."
For more information about other upcoming events at the hospice, click here.