JOHN Taylor Hospice in Birmingham is inviting people to celebrate the lives of their loved ones by dedicating a light and joining their special festive event.
Families and friends are welcomed to join the Light up a Light event taking place on Sunday 9 December (during #UKCharityWeek), at Hollyfields Centre in Erdington. Starting at 6pm, the evening will feature music, readings and time to reflect together before lighting up a magical Christmas tree – with every light representing the life of someone special.
“In exchange for a donation to the hospice, people can make a dedication to someone they love,” explained Community and Events Fundraising Manager Emily Boate. “Supporters will receive a personalised commemorative card and a star to hang at home as a reminder of the gift they’ve made. Dedications will also be shared in a Book of Lights which will be on display at the event.
“Dedications can be in memory of someone who has died, in honour of someone currently being cared for by John Taylor Hospice or simply to celebrate this special occasion. For so many patients and families, John Taylor Hospice is a shining light, and the money we raise through donations helps to ensure everyone receives the very best care and support that they need at the end of their life.”
Joining this year’s celebrations with her family is Jenny Pearson from Erdington. Since receiving support from a specialist breathing clinic at the hospice and attending a weekly social group, Jenny feels that John Taylor Hospice teams have helped to ‘turn her life around’.
“I was diagnosed with emphysema 11 years ago,” said Jenny, 66. “Before I came to John Taylor, I was negative about the future and felt very afraid about what would happen with the breathlessness and my condition.
“When I started to visit the hospice that all changed. The staff have helped me with my confidence and made me realise that every day is a new day to be enjoyed. From the minute you walk through the door everyone is so warm and welcoming and there’s happiness all around. They’re genuine angels who do everything they can to help every patient, and they do change a lot of people’s lives.”
You can Light up a Life by calling the Fundraising Team on 0121 728 6739 or online at www.johntaylorhospice.org.uk/LUAL