This afternoon, hospice patients and their families gathered alongside staff and volunteers around the DougieMac Christmas tree which now shines in honour of thousands of people.
Spectators were first led with festive song and quiet reflection by Spiritual Care Lead, Martin McGonigle, as they convened by the tree in the hospice gardens for the lights switch-on in memory of loved ones.
Our Light up a Life campaign, now in its 22nd year, encourages people in the local community to remember someone special at Christmas time by dedicating a light on the tree. Supporters of the campaign also receive a special Christmas card for each honoured loved one as well as the inclusion of their name in the Book of Memories.
Jill Bowler, Head of Individual Giving, said,
“Dedicating a light on the Dougie Mac Christmas tree is a tradition for so many local people each year. Already, we have over 6,500 loved ones remembered, and there is still plenty of room for more.
It’s thanks to the generous supporters in our local community taking part in Light up a Life that we are able to raise approximately £100,000 every year for our much-loved hospice, enabling us to continue providing care for patients and families.”
All supporters of the campaign are invited to attend our annual Light up a Life remembrance ceremony at the Victoria Hall, Hanley on 17th December at 3pm.
You can dedicate a light to someone special this year by visiting www.dmhospice.org.uk/light-up-a-life