Wirral Hospice St John’s ‘Light up a Life’ switch on date announced

On Sunday 10 December, Wirral Hospice St John’s will invite people from the Wirral community, alongside family and friends, into the hospice grounds for the annual Light up a Life lights switch-on commemorations.

People will start arriving from around 4pm to browse fundraising stalls, have some tea, coffee, cake, and other refreshments, to gather their personal thoughts and to find a position in readiness for the switch on service at 5.30pm.

This year, Mr Juan Parentini, and his daughters Amy and Zoe will switch on the 10,000 sparkling lights which will then glow in the trees at Wirral Hospice St John’s every evening in the run up to, and throughout, Christmas time.

The family will dedicate the switch-on to the memory of Juan’s wife, and Amy and Zoe’s mum, Helen, who was cared for at the hospice in 2022.

Juan spoke on behalf of them all, “It’s such a special honour to be asked to switch on the lights for Light up a Life. Helen was so grateful for the kindness and care she was given by the wonderful team at the hospice.

“Amy, Zoe and I will have Helen in our hearts forever and by switching on the lights we will send a message of love to everyone who will be remembering their precious loved ones too.”

Many individuals, families and organisations support Light up a Life by sponsoring a light in memory of family, friends and colleagues who are no longer with us. All donations help to fund the hospice’s specialist medical, nursing and family care services which were first established in Wirral more than 40 years ago.

Those who sponsor a light have the name of the person(s) they are remembering entered into specially produced books of honour which will be available to view on the evening of the service. People can pre-order a personal copy and all the names of those loved ones being remembered will also be available to view online.

A Light up a Life card with a personalised greeting is also sent out to all who request one with their lights sponsorship and there is also an opportunity to buy an attractive goldcoloured metal, heart-shaped, tree decoration keepsake, with a small heart adornment, inscribed with the words, ‘Light up a Life’.

The hospice choir and the Port Sunlight Lyceum Brass Band will combine to bring supporters reflective songs and carols, along with heartfelt readings from the hospice team.

Julia Evans, the hospice’s Fundraising Development Manager said, “We are so humbled to welcome Juan, Zoe and Amy to switch on our lights in memory of Helen. So many people take so much comfort from the lights and it’s our privilege to welcome them all.

“We really can’t thank them enough. The continued generosity of our whole Wirral community as they make their kind donations for Light up a Life helps us to make such a difference in the care of our patients and their families. Bringing people together to remember our loved ones and reflect the loss we all feel, especially at this time of year, is so poignant but also really uplifting. We are so grateful.”

To sponsor a light for Light up a Life please call 0151 343 0778 or visit www.wirralhospice.org/lightupalife to make a donation online

Wirral Hospice St John’s will also be holding a pre-Light up a Life church service at St James’s Church, New Brighton, on Tuesday, 5 December, at 7pm.

The church service will be a quiet service of remembrance lead by Reverend Heather Atkinson. All are welcome to attend. Following the service there will be hot drinks, mince pies, and Christmas Cards available. Parking is available locally surrounding the church.

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