Dedicate a light in memory of someone you love
Christmas can be a difficult time of year when you are missing someone special. Light up a Life gives you the opportunity to dedicate a light in memory of someone you love while making a difference to the hospice. Every donation made helps the hospice to continue supporting the people of Barnsley when they need us most.
Your lights will shine brightly on the beautiful Christmas trees in the grounds of our hospice and St Mary’s Church, symbolising the light of loved ones that will always remain. There will also be an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those you are remembering at our Light up a Life services with readings and songs chosen with love.
For the first year, along with your Light up a Life card, you will also receive a heart decoration on which you can write a special message and hang it on your Christmas tree or display at home.
Each dedication will be recorded in our Book of Remembrance, which will be available to view at the hospice and St Mary’s Church.
This year, our services will be held at the hospice and St Mary’s Church on the following dates:
Non-religious service at Barnsley Hospice – Saturday 2 December at 5 pm.
Religious services at St Mary’s Church – Sunday 3 December at 3:30 pm and 7 pm
How your dedications help
“The hospice did so much for the whole family, and they made it as normal as possible for us to be together, even at the saddest times. We could feel how much everyone cared, and there was always someone there to support us in whatever way we needed. We have experienced firsthand why the hospice is so important, and we now want to make sure anyone who needs their support can access it. By dedicating a light, your donation will help to make a huge difference to families like ours.”
Your donations make a real difference to the care and support we can provide for the people of Barnsley. You can make a donation online, over the telephone, or call into our Reception.
Your lights will shine on the Christmas trees at Barnsley Hospice and St Mary’s Church throughout the festive period – representing those you are remembering. You will also recieve a handwritten card containing the name(s) of your dedication, along with a beautiful heart decoration to display at home.
For those who would like to join together with others, we have three Light up a Life services where you can celebrate the lives of those important to you. The services will be filled with uplifting songs and readings, held at Barnsley Hospice and St Mary’s Church.
Last year, our Light up a Life campaign raised over £30,000 for the hospice and we simply could not continue our work without fundraisers such as this one. Each light dedicated helps us to provide an aspect of our care, and we want to say thank you to everyone involved.
Taking part in Light up a Life helps us to help others
Each donation made throughout the Light up a Life appeal goes toward helping us to continue providing specialist palliative and end of life care to the people of Barnsley. Megan and Beth are Lighting up a Life in memory of their sister, Hannah, who was cared for by the hospice.
“From the moment Hannah came to the hospice, she felt listened to for the first time. They made sure Hannah could spend as much time as possible with her newborn baby and son, and that she was surrounded by her close family during her time there.
One of Hannah’s last wishes was to visit the seaside and see the sea again. We didn’t know if it would be possible, but the hospice helped organise a trip and went above and beyond to ensure Hannah could create these special memories.
The hospice did so much for the whole family, and they made it as normal as possible for us to be together, even at the saddest times. We could feel how much everyone cared, and there was always someone there to support us in whatever way we needed.
We have experienced firsthand why the hospice is so important, and we now want to make sure anyone who needs their support can access it. By dedicating a light, your donation will help to make a huge difference to families like ours.”Megan and Beth, hospice supporters
Dedicate a light and make your donation
You can dedicate a light and make your donation by using our quick and secure online form below. If you’d prefer to make a donation offline, please give our fundraising team a call on 01226 244 244 during office hours.
Once you have made your donation, we will send you a beautiful Light up a Life card, handwritten with the name(s) of the loved ones you are remembering this Christmas.
Please note, to ensure your dedication is included in the Book of Remembrance in time for the services, please dedicate a light and make your donation before 22 November 2023. All dedications made after this time will be added to the Book of Remembrance after the services.
Thank you to our sponsor!
Our heartfelt thanks go to this year’s Light up a Life sponsor, Booker Commercial. Thank you for helping make this event possible.