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Would you like to 'Light up a Life' this Christmas?

Would you like to 'Light up a Life' this Christmas?

by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

WOULD you like to ‘Light up a Life’ this Christmas?

The team at Woodlands Hospice on Longmoor Lane have launched their annual campaign has launched, allowing you to dedicate a light to a loved one this Christmas.

Christmas can be a time for togetherness but it can also be a difficult time if you have lost a loved one, or if you cannot be with someone you love. Under the current circumstances, more of us have to stay apart from our loved ones and find new ways to connect with each other. Woodlands Hospice Light up a Life appeal gives you the opportunity to celebrate the life of a loved one by dedicating a light/s on the hospice Christmas tree in December.

Campaign organiser and Individual Giving Manager, Carole Riley, says, “Our beautiful Christmas tree at the Hospice is truly an amazing sight. Seeing it adorned with hundreds of lights and knowing that each light is dedicated to someone has such a special meaning. These lights continue to shine brightly throughout the festive season in celebration of all those loved ones.  Every light that shines out from our Christmas tree is a heartfelt tribute to those who are missed but definitely not forgotten.”

By supporting Woodlands Hospice’s Light up a Life Campaign, you will be helping them to support their patients and families at a time they need it most.  Families like Matt Henderson’s, who have experienced hospice care first hand. Last year Matt was cared for at Woodlands Hospice and spent his final days there but sadly passed away in May.  

Joanne, Matt’s wife, shares her personal story to help the hospice, so that others can benefit from the same level of care and support that she, her son Seb and Matt’s mum and dad Clare and Stuart have received.

“Woodlands made an incredibly difficult time bearable. It became a home to us during the final weeks of Matt’s life. We were made to feel incredibly welcome, even spoilt at times, if that is possible. Nothing was a problem and everyone we met went over and above. Most of all, Matt felt relaxed and comfortable there. I couldn’t have asked for a better place for him to be cared for”. 

Matt’s son, Seb, added, “I never liked seeing my Dad in hospital but going to Woodlands never felt like he was in one. Everyone looked after us all. I have never eaten so many biscuits in my life! I really enjoyed walking around the gardens with Dad. I didn’t like being around when Dad had visitors but that was ok as I got to go out in the woods with my cousins. Thank you all for looking after my Dad”. 

The hospice will be holding a virtual service online to celebrate all those dedicated on Sunday 6th December. The pre-recorded service will be streamed via Facebook Live and available to view on the hospice website. The Woodlands Hospice Light up a Life Campaign is kindly being sponsored by Peace of Mind Wills.

To dedicate a light to a loved one and for further information how you can support the hospice’s Light up a Light Campaign, please visit www.woodlandshospice.org/light-up-a-life.

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