Over the last twenty five years, thousands of people have taken part in the Light up a Life Appeal for St Ann’s. Many more people have joined the appeal again this year, either by dedicating a light on one of the hospice trees, or dedicating a light online in our Winter Forest which can include a photo and message to a loved one.
Hundreds of people have already booked to attend our services of celebration in the coming weeks. The services, which will be held both in person and online, are completely free to attend. Outdoor services will be held at our sites in Heald Green on December 9th and Little Hulton on December 6th. People will also come together in December at St Peter’s Church in Hale and at Manchester Cathedral.
During the services, the lights will be turned on in honour of those being remembered, and family members will share their stories of the support they received from St Ann’s. The congregation will also join together in remembrance through songs, poems and times of reflection.
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. That’s one of the reasons why I love our Light up a Life Appeal, especially the services. It’s a way for us to come together as a community in Manchester and beyond and recognise all that we’ve been through, the people and things close to our hearts we’ve lost and the memories which we’ll treasure. Thanks to the amazing support of our community and the generous donations they have made with their dedications, we’re able to continue supporting patients and their loved ones when they need us most. Emma Dixon, Director of Clinical Services at St Ann’s