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Join the online remembrance event
John Taylor Hospice's annual remembrance event Light up a Life is going virtual this December.
The Birmingham charity's popular annual event sees local communities honouring the lives of special people by dedicating a light on a Christmas tree and taking part in a celebration event. And to ensure families and friends are still able to pay tribute to loved ones in a memorable way this festive season, hospice teams have created a sparkling virtual Tree of Lights and will live stream a short ceremony on Friday 4 December at 7pm.
Light up a Life
Charlie Pette, Community and Events Fundraising Manager at John Taylor Hospice, explained: "Each glowing light on our virtual tree represents the life and memories of special people who are sadly no longer with us. Light up a Life is a meaningful way to celebrate those we hold dear and each dedication also helps to light up the lives of others - ensuring expert hospice care is free for everyone whoever and wherever they are."
People can leave a personal message on the virtual Tree of Lights to shine brightly in memory of a special person they love and miss. It's also possible to upload a favourite family photo and share a link to the tree with family and friends. After making a dedication, each person will receive a gift pack in the post with an invitation to the virtual Light up a Life event which this year will be hosted on YouTube at 7pm on Friday 4 December. The ceremony will feature readings by hospice staff and supporters, alongside moving musical performances.
Charlie added: "As we reflect on what has been a very difficult year, coming together to support each other seems more important now than ever. We hope Light up a Life can give people comfort and please know that with your kind donation you'll be giving the gift of care to more families this Christmas."
To make your dedication today, visit www.johntaylorhospice.org.uk/LUAL or contact the John Taylor Hospice Fundraising Team on email@example.com or 0121 728 6739.