As the leaves start to fall and the nights draw in people begin to think ahead to Christmas. Plans are made for festive parties and arrangements are put in place to meet up with family and friends. It can, however, be a difficult time when we think of those who unfortunately cannot share it with us.

For many years The Norfolk Hospice has been hosting Light up a Life during December. Light up a Life is a national appeal organised by Hospices across the country to celebrate the memory of loved ones at Christmas time. This year, the appeal is being supported by East of England Coop Funeral Services. This support means that every penny donated to the appeal goes directly to supporting people living with life-shortening illnesses as well as their carers and bereaved families.

The Hospice would like to give members of our local community the opportunity to remember loved ones this Christmas by dedicating a light on the Hospice’s Christmas tree, and/or making a donation in memory in the hope that this may offer some comfort. The Christmas tree will be brightly lit at the Hospice in Hillington throughout December and people are welcome to visit to view it.

This year the Hospice will once again host four Light up a Life events. The events are open to everyone and help families and friends to come together to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones.

  • Monday 4th December at Sandringham Church (4pm)
  • Thursday 7th December at The Norfolk Hospice, Hillington (5.45pm) Fully Booked
  • Sunday 10th December at King’s Lynn Minster (3pm)
  • Sunday 10th December at St Edmunds, Downham Market (3pm)

Louise Clark, Bereavement Co-ordinator at the Hospice commented, “Christmas can be a poignant time of year if someone close to you has died.  We hope our Light up a Life offers a special way of remembering and reflecting on the lives of those whose memory we treasure.”

Anyone who wishes to make a dedication or would like more information about Light up a Life should visit the Hospice website www.norfolkhospice.org.uk/LUAL17 or call the Hospice fundraising team on 01485 601701.