Loved ones remembered

10 November 2014

RESIDENTS across Wigan and Leigh are making dedications to loved ones as part of Light for a Life held annually by Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Loved ones remembered

Angela Andrew has made a Light for a Life dedication

Every year thousands of people from across the borough remember loved ones or give thanks by making a Light for a Life dedication.

Angela Andrew, 41, from Astley has attended almost every Light for a Life ceremony since 2002.

Her dad Stanley Parsons passed away in October 2002 after ten days being cared for on the inpatient unit at the Hospice.

She said: "I always make a dedication in memory of my dad, I can't buy him a Christmas present anymore so I make a donation and it's my way of supporting the Hospice for the care that my family received.
"At the time we didn't realise how serious dad's illness had become but the Hospice was so welcoming and he was so well looked after. He only had to ask for something and he'd get it, we could go in and visit whenever we wanted and my mum stayed overnight - it was almost like a home from home."

From October 1st local people are able to dedicate a light for a loved one on the Hospice's Christmas Tree which is lit at a public ceremony. Names are also entered into a Book of Dedications which is printed into a bound book as a permanent tribute.

Jean Blamires, 76, from Leigh has been making a dedication for ten years in memory of her husband Harry who died in April 2004.

She said: "Harry had been to the Hospice for medication and for massage therapy and the staff couldn't do enough for him. Since then I've always bought Christmas cards from the Hospice and make a Light for a Life dedication every year. I don't know what a lot of people would do without the Hospice."

Mrs Blamires is also part of the ladies group at the Church of St Mary's in Leigh which donates the proceeds from their Sunday coffee mornings to the Hospice.

The Light for a Life ceremony will be held at the Hospice on Kildare Street at 6.30pm on Tuesday, December 2nd.

Dedications can be made by downloading a form here

 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.

Dedications can continue to be made until the twelfth night after Christmas.

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