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Dedicate a light in memory of a loved one this Christmas

05 December 2018

Northern Ireland Hospice launches annual Lights to Remember Appeal

Northern Ireland Hospice has launched its annual Lights to Remember appeal. The local charity is hoping it will receive support from people across Northern Ireland who wishes to remember their loved ones by dedicating a light on the Hospice Christmas tree.

Now entering its 24th year, the Lights to Remember appeal aims to raise £200,000 to help Northern Ireland Hospice continue to provide the highest quality specialist palliative care to local people when they need it most, and to offer support for their loved ones.

Northern Ireland Hospice’s Lights to Remember Appeal provides an opportunity for families to come together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who were, and still are, so special to us.

This year’s Lights to Remember celebration service will take place on Tuesday, 20th December at Dominican College, Fortwilliam at 6:30pm. Following a short service at Dominican College, Fortwilliam, a torch-light procession will proceed to the Adult Hospice facility on Belfast’s Somerton Road, where the Christmas lights will officially be switched on and the Christmas tree will be lit up in memory of lost loved ones.

This year’s Lights will be switched on by Remy,8, and Storm Portis,15, who lost their beloved grandmother Hannah Neill in December 2017.

Hannah was diagnosed with a brain tumour in Easter 2017 and received specialist palliative care at Northern Ireland Hospice. Hannah passed away peacefully in her bed on 16th December last year and her funeral was on the 20th. This year’s Lights to Remember service will be a memorable but difficult way to mark their grandmother’s anniversary.

Hannah’s daughter Cathy said: "Losing their granny has been very hard for Remy and Storm and switching on the Christmas tree lights in memory of their granny will be very special.

"Storm and I both had bereavement counselling through the hospice and Remy also came a couple of times.

"Having that kind, calm, patient support there for us has made a world of difference; we've all benefited enormously from the time we've spent with them.

“Our experience has shown me that it’s not until you need it yourself that you understand just how important our local hospice really is”.

To dedicate a light on the Hospice Christmas tree, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/lightstoremember