Light for a Life launches

01 October 2014

THE LIVES of loved ones across Wigan Borough are being marked as Light for a Life launches at Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Light for a LifeLisa Farrimond with her partner will be attending the Light for a Life ceremony

Dedications can now be made at the Hospice for Light for a Life as a meaningful way to remember someone special or to give thanks.

Every year from October thousands of local people dedicate a light for a loved one on the Hospice's Christmas Tree. Names are also entered into the Book of Dedications as a permanent tribute.

A ceremony is held every December when hundreds of local people go to the Hospice to see the Christmas Tree lights switched-on.

Mum Lisa Farrimond, 31, from Hindley has been attending the annual ceremony for ten years with her Aunty Mandy, her husband David and her three sisters. Between them, they make dedications to David's granddad, Lisa's aunty and Lisa's nans.

Lisa said: "My Aunty Mandy started coming first and then my mum to remember her mum Lillian Woods. Then my nan died around Christmas and we came to the Hospice for Light for a Life then started coming every year. The Hospice has always been a charity close to my heart so it's something we have always done.

"I think by doing Light for a Life they know we are still thinking about them at Christmas time. It's a lovely time but it's an upsetting time too so it's nice to make a dedication - it feels special with the brass band and the lights switch-on - and then everyone goes inside the Hospice for a cup of tea. We also know that by making a donation the money is going to a good cause."

Lisa's sons Nathan and Kieran will attend as they are both pupils at St Peter's School opposite the Hospice. Every year the pupils sing Christmas carols at the switch-on ceremony.

Maxine Armstrong, Fundraising and Lottery Manager, said: "By making a dedication Light for a Life is a chance to give thanks, to celebrate a special event - such as a birth or an anniversary - or remember a loved one.
"It is not only for those who have a connection to the Hospice, but is for anyone who would like to make a dedication to someone they love, or have loved."

The Light for a Life ceremony will be held at the Hospice on Kildare Street at 6.30pm on Tuesday, December 2nd although dedications can continue to be made until the twelfth night after Christmas.

Dedications can be made downloading a form from Forms are also available from Wigan and Leigh Hospice shops, some GP and dentist surgeries and other locations around Wigan Borough. A separate form should be completed for each dedication.

The Book of Dedications will be printed as a bound hard-backed book and will be on permanent display in the Hospice from March, along with every other Book of Dedications since the scheme began in 1998.


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