Light up a Life for Woodlands Hospice
At Woodlands Hospice we know that Christmas can be a very difficult time if you have lost a loved one, or if you cannot be with someone you love. Our Light up a Life appeal gives you the opportunity to celebrate the life of a loved one by dedicating a light on one of our Christmas trees in December.
By dedicating a light to your loved ones, you will not only be celebrating their life, you will be helping us to support our patients and their families at a time they need it most. You can dedicate a light to anyone you choose. They do not need to have been a patient at the Hospice – they could be someone who cannot be with you at this time of year who you will miss very much.
You will also have the opportunity to attend one of our services on 2nd and 3rd December.
Ways you can dedicate a light:
1. Dedicate a light online
For each light you dedicate the name of your dedication will appear in our Book of Life. To make a dedication online please click here.
Please note that only dedications received by Friday 16th November are guaranteed to appear in the Book of Life in time for the services. Any dedications after this date will be included in our online Book of Life from January 2019.
2. Virtual Christmas Tree
This year we are delighted to launch our virtual Christmas tree as part of our Light up a Life appeal. This interactive tree allows you to choose a light and leave your very own special message for your loved one. Our virtual Christmas tree will not replace the traditional way of dedicating a light on our hospice Christmas trees but will complement it.
When you dedicate a light on our virtual tree you will receive an automatic acknowledgement of your dedication. The name will NOT appear in our Book of Life as it will already appear with your personalised message on our virtual tree which is available for you to view as and when you wish to.
3. Dedicate over the phone
To make your dedication by debit/credit card, request a form to be posted to you or for further details of this year’s Light up a Life appeal please call Carole Riley on 0151 529 4143 who will be happy to help you!
Attend a Service:
We will be holding our annual Light up a Life services to celebrate all the loved ones who have received a dedication in our appeal. Seeing our beautiful Christmas trees adorned with hundreds of lights and knowing that each light is dedicated to someone has such a special meaning. These lights continue to shine brightly throughout the festive season in celebration of your loved ones. Every light that shines out from our Christmas trees is a heartfelt tribute to those who are missed but definitely not forgotten.
If you wish to attend one of our services and celebrate your loved one with us, they are taking place on the following dates:
Both events are free to attend. Please note, as there is limited seating available at St Andrew’s Church, it is a ticketed event. Please email Carole Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm if you would like to attend this event and we will send you your tickets via the post.
Why your support matters:
By dedicating a light to your loved ones, you will not only be celebrating their life, you will be helping us to
support our patients and their families at a time they need it most. Families like Alison’s, who have experienced the care provided to a loved one and their family.
(Pictured: Father Tom Leigh with his Niece, Alison)
Alison is the niece of Father Tom Leigh who was involved from the start of the Woodlands project to build a Hospice for the local community and became a patient of the Hospice last year. Alison shares her story of this time.
“During 2017 uncle Tom became critically ill and spent his final days in Woodlands and despite his condition the staff informed him he was one of the happiest patient’s they had admitted. This was because Woodlands had always been close to Tom’s heart."
"Tom was at the Hospice when the Light up a Life service was taking place and requested his Christmas jumper to be brought in for the occasion. Alison recalls when watching from the garden Tom said, 'Take me to the people.' So, we took him over in a wheelchair to where the families had gathered and as the choir sang carols we watched the tree light up so beautifully."
"There are so many things to thank the Hospice for providing and the dedication of the caring staff which makes a difficult time become so much easier for families such as ourselves and we will be eternally grateful to Woodlands in memory of uncle Fr. Tom Leigh. It is because of this that we want to do whatever we can to help the Hospice starting with supporting this year’s Light up a Life appeal.”
Alison has been invited to switch on the Christmas tree lights at the Light up a Life service at the Hospice on Sunday 2nd December.