Hundreds of people from across Greater Manchester will be making a very special dedication to loved ones in the Light up a Life Christmas appeal for St Ann’s Hospice.
Over the last twenty two years, thousands of people have taken part by dedicating a light on one of the hospice’s Christmas trees in honour of their loved one, whilst making a donation to the charity.
Organisers are expecting hundreds more to join the appeal again this year, especially as there’s now a way to make online dedications in a virtual winter forest, which can include a photo and a message to someone special.
Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive from St Ann’s, explained:
“This is such a lovely appeal and every year I find it incredible to see all the lights on our Christmas trees, knowing that they represent some very special people. This year we wanted to open the appeal up to those who can’t get to the hospice to see the Christmas trees, or who would prefer to make a dedication they can see and share online.
“Christmas can be a difficult time for those who have lost loved ones, and this appeal gives our supporters a way to honour their friends and family members, whilst supporting a local charity which help thousands of people from across Greater Manchester every year, right when they need it most.”
As well as dedicating a light, supporters are also invited to attend a special Light up a Life service, which take place at St Ann’s hospice sites, Manchester Cathedral, and St Peter’s Church in Hale.
The charity, which operates from three sites in Little Hulton, Heald Green and the Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital, supports thousands of patients every year with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses – managing their symptoms, providing support, caring for people at the hospice or at home, and providing end of life care.