'Light Up a Life' celebration raises over £26,000

At the start of December, we held our annual ‘Light Up a Life’ celebration. Thank you to everyone who joined us, we hope the occasion gave you all the opportunity to reflect on the past year and most importantly remember and celebrate the lives of all those who are special to you.

The event began at the St John’s Wood Church with a multi-faith service, with carols, poems and readings by religious leaders from Christian, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu faith groups and our very own staff and patients. We were especially thrilled to be joined by the choir from Arnold House School who performed beautiful renditions of On a Cold, Dark Night and The Child.

After the service we walked through the beautifully-lit church gardens, on to our reception venue at the Nursery Pavillion in Lord’s Cricket Ground. There we had our dedication lanterns on display, food and drink on offer and Christmas cards for sale. Each of the lanterns in our display had been purchased by members of our community and featured a hand-written message in dedication to someone special. They formed part of a display of love and light at our celebration and were then moved back to the hospice for all of our staff, patients and volunteers to enjoy for a week before they were taken home.

All funds raised by the event, which are now totalling over £26,000, will go towards our Winter Appeal helping to combat loneliness and isolation experienced by patients and their carers in our community.

Thank you to all those who made the night possible including St John’s Wood Church for hosting the service, our faith group leaders, Arnold House School, our amazing volunteers and our brilliant readers including Inpatient Unit Doctor Fran O’Hanlon and patient Rahel. Last but by no means least, thank you to our fantastic event sponsors Lord’s Cricket Ground, Loveday & Co. and Westminster City Council.

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