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Light up a Life going virtual for first time

A Hambleton and Richmondshire hospice charity has adapted their much-loved Christmas remembrance event to ensure that local people can come together, even when they may be apart.


For more three years the community has made Herriot Hospice Homecare’s Light up a Life a meaningful part of their Christmas tradition, remembering and paying tribute to loved ones, while supporting local families living with terminal illness to make the most of their time together over the festive season.                                                                                                                                                                             

This year, the charity is inviting local people to a virtual event to be streamed online, click here, on at 3pm Sunday December 13 and to dedicate a light on the charity’s virtual Christmas tree in memory of someone in their thoughts this Christmas.


Chief Executive of Herriot Hospice Homecare, Tony Collins, said: “In this year like no other, taking the time to reflect and remember loved ones is more important than ever – and whilst we are unable to gather together in the same way, we have given careful thought to how we can embrace the spirit of Light up a Life, while keeping our community as safe as possible.


“As in previous years you will once again be able to reflect, remember and take a moment for you. Light up a Life symbolises and means so much for the people who take part in it, and for Herriot Hospice Homecare. Every year is different but every year shares common characteristics, including laughter, tears, and reflection.


“This year, for the very first time you’ll have the opportunity to see your light shining brightly on our new and beautiful virtual tree. Each light will sparkle in tribute to a special person and will shine throughout the festive season as a symbol of hope and love.                                                                           

“The treasured memories we have of loved ones never leave us but remain a strong and real part of our daily lives. As well as helping these memories shine on, making a dedication and donation to Herriot as part of this year’s Light up a Life will enable your local hospice care charity to continue providing our community with the support they need, want and deserve in the most difficult of times.”


Those making a dedication will receive a special pack including a star for their tree at home. Herriot’s tree will be illuminated as part of a unique online film production of Light up a Life taking place at 3pm December, 13th 2020 at Herriot Light up a Life Service on YouTube. 


Herriot Hospice Homecare is majority funded by the community, and is provided across the district, wherever people call home. When you make a donation as part of your dedication, you’ll be helping Herriot Hospice Homecare to be there for more families affected by terminal illness over the festive season. Your donation could help Herriot Hospice Homecare to support patients in their place of choice, ensuring they can spend Christmas at home surrounded by friends and family.


Tony added: “With the busy festive season fast approaching, we encourage people to make their dedication today to ensure the memory of your loved one shines on.”                                                                                                                 

To dedicate a light and receive your special memory star visit, call Herriot Hospice Homecare on 01609 777 413.

Article Posted 30th November 2020

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North Yorkshire Hospice Care is a registered charity in England and Wales (518905) with a family of services operating as Herriot Hospice Homecare, Just 'B', Saint Michael's Hospice and Talking Spaces.

North Yorkshire Hospice Care is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales (2121179). Registered address Crimple House, Hornbeam Park Avenue, Harrogate, HG2 8NA.