Light up a Life 2019

As the festive season draws ever nearer, hundreds of people from across Greater Manchester are preparing to make a very special Christmas dedication to their loved ones.

By News Team on November 19, 2019

Thousands of people have taken part in the Light up a Life appeal for St Ann’s over the last twenty three years, by dedicating a light on one of our Christmas trees in honour of their loved one, whilst making a donation.

We’re expecting hundreds more to join us again this year, remembering someone special they can’t be with at Christmas, either with a special tree light, or creating an online dedication in our winter forest which can include a photo and message to a loved one.

I can’t explain the feeling when you look at our Christmas trees glowing and know that each of the lights is shining for someone very special. It’s so incredibly moving, and everyone at the hospice loves to take time at the Light up a Life services to think about all the patients and families we’ve cared for. It’s a real privilege to play a part in someone’s life, and to hear feedback on how we have improved the lives of our patients is something that never fails to warm the heart. We know Christmas can be a difficult time for those who have lost loved ones, and the appeal gives people a way to honour their friends and family members, whist enabling us to continue providing care to others. Not everyone who takes part has an association with the hospice – some join the appeal to remember someone they love, or perhaps to honour someone that they simply can’t be with at this special time of year. We’re enormously grateful to everyone who makes a dedication, whatever their reason, and I’m really looking forward to seeing all of the fabulous lights shining on our trees, and the touching dedications in our online winter forest. Eamon O'Neal , Chief Executive from St Ann's

As well as dedicating a light, supporters are also invited to attend one of our special Light up a Life services, which take place at our sites in Heald Green and Little Hulton, at Manchester Cathedral, and at St Peter’s Church in Hale.

Dedicate a light to your loved one in our online winter forest by clicking here.