Local people will be given the chance to remember a loved one this Christmas with the launch of St Leonard’s Hospice’s annual Light Up a Life campaign.
Family, friends and colleagues can choose to dedicate a light on three special Christmas trees in memory of someone close to them. This year, for the first time, there will also be a special Avenue of Trees at St Leonard’s Hospice. These trees promise to be a visual spectacle of not only light but also of special memories and messages of love. Each tree will be lovingly decorated with personalised Memory Stars featuring treasured words dedicated to someone special.
The three Light Up a Life Christmas trees will be placed in St Helen’s Square in York, Selby Abbey, Easingwold Methodist Church. These will all bear hundreds of twinkling lights, each one representing the life of someone special. Their names will also be recorded in a Book of Honour.
A traditional service will be held at Selby Abbey at 4pm on Sunday 12 December and a virtual service will be streamed from the Avenue of Trees at the Hospice on Sunday 19 December.
Emma Johnson, Chief Executive at St Leonard’s Hospice, said: “Christmas can be a very reflective and moving time of year, especially for those who are living without loved ones, friends and colleagues.
“Through our Light Up a Life campaign, we want to allow everyone to remember someone close to them. We have again planned a virtual remembrance service and are excited that, for the first time, we will stream this from Hospice grounds. We hope this will give people the opportunity to honour and celebrate the lives of people they have loved and hold close to their hearts.”
To dedicate a light visit:
The virtual service will be broadcast on the Hospice website at 6 pm on Sunday 19 December. An order of service will be available from St Leonard’s Hospice website from Monday 13 December. If you are unable to download a copy and would like to be sent one, please call Amanda or Kathryn on 01904 777 777.
The books of remembrance will be placed at Selby Abbey, Easingwold Methodist Church and in the Sanctuary at the Hospice.