For the last 18 years a very large Christmas tree has been placed in the grounds of Jospice, and lit with 2000 shining lights. This not only helps celebrate the Christmas season for the residents visitors and staff at the hospice it also is a symbol of light in the darkness.
Known as the ‘Light up a Life’ tree the lights placed on the tree are each in memory of a loved one that a friend or supporter of Jospice has lit on the tree.
This appeal and service at the hospice has become very popular and once again the staff at Jospice invite you to support the campaign this Christmas by making a donation dedicating a light in memory of a loved one. You can dedicate a light on line by going to www.jospice. org.uk or by phoning 0151 924 3812. Jospice will send you a card of special thanks for your dedication with your loved ones name, and each person you remember have their name written in our book of memories.
The staff at Jospice are delighted to welcome Bishop John Rawsthorne this year to lead the special service on Sunday 13th December. Bishop John was a cousin to the late founder of Jospice Father Francis O’Leary, and will be known to many people as he was born and lived in Crosby in his early life, and still has many links with the area. He will be joined by the chaplains form the hospice and also the St Nicholas’s community choir who will lead the carls this year.
Pat Murphy from Jospice said “This is always a special event in our year at the hospice. Once again we are truly grateful to our sponsors of the event McCullum & Tritton and also the Christmas Decorators of Formby who will decorate the tree.
“It’s a chance for the many hundreds of people who attend the service to come together to reflect and remember a loved one who is no longer with them for Christmas, but also to take part in the service by each lighting a candle to remember that special person”
The staff of Jospice look forward inviting the local community to the hospice on Sunday afternoon 13th December to the carols and short service of remembrance at 4pm. ‘Light up a Life’ candles, badges and bracelets are also available form any of the Jospice shops and also the reception area of the hospice. The memory book will be on display on the day of the service and you will be able to dedicate a light until 6th January, 2016.