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Hundreds gather for Lights of Life service

On Sunday 21st November we opened the gates to our garden, welcoming hundreds of supporters to celebrate the start of our annual festival of remembrance, Lights of Life.

Starting at 4.30pm, the service included readings from staff, supporters and family members and included moments of reflection accompanied by a live performance from singer Emily Cracknell. The faces of those in the crowd were illuminated by the official switch on of the Lights of Life Garden, showcasing breath taking displays to enjoy, with patients and their families looking on from their rooms enjoying the festive atmosphere.

The service was also live streamed through our Facebook page, with supporters joining in moments of reflection from the comfort of their own homes. If you missed the service and wish to watch back, please click below.

Amongst those attending were the Dawn and Karen from our Hospice at Home Team:

“We’ve been really fortunate tonight to have the luxury of coming back from our patient visits out in the community and taking part in this wonderful service. It’s such a wonderful service that makes us feel so proud to be part of the Hospice and do a job that we all absolutely love. Thank you to those who have donated and for your support. It means so much to us. We couldn’t do what we do without you. “

Carla Pilsworth is our Director of Income Generation:

“We were thrilled to welcome back over 300 supporters to the Hospice to stand alongside each other as neighbours, family and friends in reflection, and celebration of the lives of the people we love and miss. A massive thank you to our special guest speakers for their bravery, to our vendors and musical performers, to our event sponsors and of course to those who joined us in person and virtually at home.

“Last year we raised an incredible £50,000 from our Lights of Life campaign to support in funding our charitable services to support families who need us most at Christmas time. Unfortunately, 2021 has been a really difficult year for the Hospice financially. We are saddened to announce that to date, we are currently down £30,000 on our Lights of Life income target for 2021.

“It is a really tough climate with the cancellation of fundraising events and people still nervous about their own finances. This is having a big impact on donations from individuals, businesses and grant givers. We also have no safety net of support from the Government in regards to additional funding this year.

“This festive season, we had hoped that our Lights of Life campaign and other activities over the winter months would raise £100,000 in vital income to fund our services. However, in the current climate this seems highly unlikely and will pose a risk in us not reaching our financial target of £5 million this year. Our fundraising team continue to work around the clock to innovate the ways we raise our income, but we cannot do this alone.

“We are so incredibly grateful to each and every supporter, new and old, for continuing to stand by our side in what has been and continues to be a challenging time for the Hospice. Simply put, we couldn’t continue to care without you. “

To discover more about Lights of Life, please click here.


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