Light Up A Life in memory of a loved one

Stephen Alderson and John Horan from Alderson and Horan Funeral Service, sponsors of the Pendleside Hospice Light up a Life campaign (s)
Stephen Alderson and John Horan from Alderson and Horan Funeral Service, sponsors of the Pendleside Hospice Light up a Life campaign (s)

Burnley people whose loved ones have died are being urged to remember them with a special Christmas light to raise money for charity.

Pendleside Hospice has launched its annual Light Up A Life fund-raising campaign and is asking for people to take part in the heartfelt tribute.

The brightly coloured lights are displayed all around the outside of the Reedley Hospice and on a Christmas tree, which stands outside the hospice main reception.

Each light represents a loved one who is not here to celebrate Christmas this year.

The lights will be switched on at a special service, starting at 3-30pm, on Sunday, December 20th, by the Mayor of Pendle, Coun. Nawaz Ahmed, and will remain lit through Christmas and New Year.

After Christmas the names of everyone remembered is entered into a leather-bound book that is kept on display throughout the year in the hospice foyer and is available if people want to pay their respects at other special times, such as birthdays and anniversaries.

Everyone who makes a donation in memory of a loved one will receive a Light up a Life card and pin badge or Christmas tree decoration.

The switch-on service will feature performances from teenage soprano Grace O’Malley and the Basics Junior Theatre School as well as carefully chosen readings, seasonal carols and the opportunity to reflect and remember.

Complimentary tea, coffee and mince pies will be available.

Hospice fund-raising manager Mrs Kaye Bartle said: “Those of us that feel the pain that comes from not being able to buy a gift for our loved ones can remember them by dedicating a light to celebrate their life and what they meant to us and, at the same time, help Pendleside to bring some light into the life of someone going through a dark time.”

In 2014 more than 8,000 people were remembered by the campaign, which raised more than £110,000 for Pendleside Hospice.

Anyone who wants to take part in Light Up A Life, which is being sponsored by Alderson and Horan Funeral Services, should visit the hospice website www.pendleside.org.uk, pick up a leaflet from any of the eight hospice shops or hospice reception, or call the fund-raising department on 01282 440120.