Earlier today, hospice patients and their families as well as staff, volunteers and supporters gathered around the Dougie Mac Christmas tree for the light switch-on. The tree is adorned with thousands of lights which shine in honour of loved ones this Christmas period.
Spectators were first lead with festive song and quiet reflection by Spiritual Care Lead, Martin McGonigle, then they listened as a poem was recited by Chief Executive, before convening by the tree in the gardens of the Blurton-based hospice for the lights switch-on in memory of lost friends and family.
Dougie Mac’s flagship campaign, now in its 23rd 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, the inclusion of their name in the Book of Memories, a Christmas decoration for their own trees as well as two complimentary tickets to the Light up a Life remembrance ceremony.
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 6,000 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.”
Sunday 9th December will see hundreds of supporters of the campaign attend the annual Light up a Life remembrance ceremony at the Victoria Hall, Hanley at 3pm.
It’s not too late to dedicate a light to someone special this year. Our Dougie Mac Christmas tree will continue to shine bright, bearing the lights of all loved ones honoured, until the twelfth night of Christmas on 6th January 2019. To get involved with the campaign, please visit: www.dmhospice.org.uk/light-up-a-life.