People who have lost someone close are being urged to “light up a life” at one of four special services organised by Barnsley Hospice.
The annual Light up a Life services are being held in St Mary’s Church in the town centre and at the hospice in Gawber, where people will be able to sponsor a light on a tree. The lights will shine until Twelfth Night.
Last year more than 2,000 lights were sponsored in memory of loved ones, raising a total of £37,000 for the hospice, which has to raise £2m a year in addition to the £1.6m it receives from the NHS.
Anne Wood, the hospice’s spiritual advisor, said: “This time of the year can be very hard for people who have lost someone close. Having ways of remembering and celebrating their lives can be a comfort.”
The two services at St Mary’s Church are on December 2nd at 3.30pm and 7pm, with two non-religious services at the hospice on Tuesday 4th December and Tuesday 11th December, both at 6.30pm. The first service on the 2nd is already booked up.
Barnsley Hospice costs more than £9,000 a day to run and relies heavily on donations and sales at its nine charity shops around the borough, as well as more than 400 volunteers.
Care is free for anyone in Barnsley with a life-threatening condition, not just for cancer patients.
The hospice has ten beds for inpatient care and provides day care at the Limes Support and Therapy Centre every day, as well as a wide range of other services for patients and their families.
Anyone wanting to sponsor a light or attend a service should contact event organiser Barbara Cronin on 01226 323620 or go towww.barnsleyhospice.org