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Remembering people in a special way
Families from across Birmingham are being invited to light up a life in memory of their loved ones this December. John Taylor Hospice's annual Light up a Life event brings people together from across the city and beyond to celebrate the lives of people close to them.
The event, which takes place at Friday 6 December at 6.30pm at Harvest Fields Centre, Harvest Fields Way, Sutton Coldfield B75 5TJ, is free to attend and places don't need to be booked. An evening of music, readings and the lighting up of a Tree of Lights, the half hour event is usually attended by hundreds of local people.
The hospice also gives people the chance to dedicate a light on its Tree of Lights and include a personalised message to their loved one in a special remembrance book. John Taylor Hospice asks for a donation for a dedication – for full details and to make a donation click here: www.johntaylorhospice.org.uk/events/light-up-a-life/
John Taylor, which is based in Erdington in Birmingham, provides specialist care for people living with a terminal illness and their families. Its teams care for people at the hospice and in the community, providing practical, nursing and medical care as well as other services such as counselling and family support.
Lighting up a Tree of Remembrance
John Taylor Hospice Community and Events Fundraising Manager Emily Boate said: "We know what an important event Light up a Life is for so many families. The event also raises thousands of pounds for our charity every year and it is only thanks to the kindness and generosity of our supporters that local people can continue to receive the care and support they need. By dedicating a light and making a donation, you are also lighting up the lives of others – helping to ensure these vital services are available for families 365 days a year."