Thousands of people have taken part in the Light up a Life appeal for St Ann’s over the last twenty five years, by dedicating a light in honour of their loved one and making a donation to the hospice.
This year, we’re inviting people to reflect on the year together as a community and dedicate a light in memory of someone close to them, or for other losses they may have felt like occasions that couldn’t be celebrated in lockdown or time spend with family and friends.
We’re hoping hundreds more to join our appeal again this year, either by dedicating a light on one of our trees, or dedicating a light online in our winter forest which can include a photo and message to a loved one.
I joined the team at St Ann’s last February, and we have gone through one of the most challenging times in the hospice’s 50 years. But thanks to the amazing support of our community, we are still here supporting our patients and their loved ones. Over the past 18 months we’ve found it incredibly important at the hospice to pause and acknowledge our experiences – lifting our heads up, taking time out to reflect and looking back on special moments, memories and the people we’ve cared for. Emma Dixon, Director of Clinical Services
As well as dedicating a light, supporters are also invited to join the our special Light up a Life services in December. Following the success of our first ever virtual service last year, we will be again be sharing an online service alongside meeting in venues across Greater Manchester so that anyone can join in and remember a loved one wherever they are.