PEOPLE from across Wigan and Leigh will be marking the lives of loved ones in the run-up to the festive season.
Wigan and Leigh Hospice has launched Light for a Life 2017 which every year raises thousands of pounds for the charity as people remember those they love and have loved.
Dedications can now be made at the hospice for Light for a Life as a meaningful way to remember someone special or to give thanks.
Every year from October local people dedicate a light for a loved one on the hospice’s Christmas Tree. Names are also entered into the Book of Dedications as a permanent tribute.
A ceremony is held every December when local people can go to the hospice in Hindley to see the Christmas Tree lights switched-on. A reading will be given which will be followed by Christmas carols and hymns.
Christine Edwardson, Community Fundraiser, said: “Light for a Life is an opportunity for us to remember people we have lost but also to give thanks for those people we love and care about.
“It is open to anybody who wants to make a meaningful dedication to someone they love or have loved.
“Light for a Life is also a very important event for the hospice as the funds raised by dedications mean we can continue to support local people who have a life-limiting illness and those close to them.”
The Light for a Life ceremony will be held at the hospice on Kildare Street at 6.30pm on Tuesday, December 5th, although dedications can continue to be made until the twelfth night after Christmas.
Dedications can be made downloading a form from www.wlh.org.uk. Forms are also available from Wigan and Leigh Hospice shops, the hospice reception, some GP and dentist surgeries and other locations around Wigan Borough. A separate form should be completed for each dedication.
The Book of Dedications will be printed as a bound hard-backed book and will be on permanent display in the hospice from March, along with every other Book of Dedications since Light for a Life began in 1998.
Photo: (left to right) Andrea Clarke, Rebekah Ashley, Maxine Armstrong, Sheila Halton, Christine Edwardson and Hilary Wood.