Remember a loved one this Christmas with the Light Up A Life appeal

Light Up A Life 2016Light Up A Life 2016

The 20th North Devon Gazette Light Up a Life Appeal has been launched in eye-catching fashion.

A giant piece of sand art was created on Saunton beach by Martin Artman and his team of friends to help kick start the popular fundraiser for Children’s Hospice South West and North Devon Hospice.

Now a tradition, the appeal gives people the opportunity to remember a loved one at Christmas time at special candlelit church services held around the region.

We were keen to make this year something extra special so we approached Martin, who said: “I put this to my friends and they all thought it was a wonderful thing to do. We all grew up in North Devon and we all know family and friends who have or have had life-threatening illnesses, so we are all aware of the wonderful care the hospices provide.”

Martin Artman and his team at Saunton. Picture: Tony GussinMartin Artman and his team at Saunton. Picture: Tony Gussin

In the time it has been running, Light Up a Life has raised almost £600,000, with £40,000 from last year alone.

In return for a donation, loved ones’ names are included in a Book of Remembrance. For those who can’t attend a service there is also an option to buy a candle from the hospices or their shops.

Tony Gussin at the Gazette said: “It has been a much-loved mainstay of community life throughout my time here and we are always humbled by the generosity and response it provokes for such a good cause.”

Emma Perry at CHSW’s Little Bridge House hospice in Fremington said: “Christmas is a family occasion and for families that have experienced bereavement, it can be a very emotional time. This is such a special time of year for Little Bridge House and Light up a Life is one of our most treasured appeals and we have been most humbled by the amount that the appeal has raised over the years.”

Hard at work on the sand art at SauntonHard at work on the sand art at Saunton

Gerard Fawcitt, from North Devon Hospice’s fundraising team, added: “Having now been running for 20 years, it has provided a huge amount of comfort to so many local people, while the funds raised help us care for those who need us during Christmas time.

“Light Up a Life reminds us that we are not alone thinking about those who are no longer with us, and every pound donated make a real difference.”

To donate to Children’s Hospice South West CLICK HERE

Martin Artman surveys the finished work for Light Up A Life 2016Martin Artman surveys the finished work for Light Up A Life 2016

To donate to North Devon Hospice CLICK HERE


Joint service with both hospices: J

Children’s Hospice South West: CHSW

North Devon Hospice: NDH


Tues 29 - Marwood Methodist Church, 6.30pm. J


Fri 2 – Barnstaple Christ Church, 7pm. CHSW

Sun 4 - Fremington Methodist Church, 6.30pm. J

Sun 4 - Combe Martin Methodist Church, 6.30pm, J

Sun 4 - Appledore St Mary’s Church, 10am. NDH

Mon 5 - Chulmleigh St Mary Magdalene, 6.30pm. J

Mon 5 - Braunton Christ Church, 7pm. J

Mon 5 - Buck’s Mills St Anne’s Church, 7pm. NDH

Wed 7 - Hartland Stoke Church, 7.30pm. NDH

Wed 7 - Barnstaple St Peter & St Mary, 1pm. NDH

Thur 8 - Barnstaple Grosvenor Church, 7pm. J

Fri 9 – North Tawton St Peter’s Church, 7pm. CHSW

Sat 10 - Holsworthy Methodist Church, 7pm. J

Sun 11 – Northam Methodist Church, 4pm. CHSW

Sun 11 - Ilfracombe St Philip and St James, 6.30pm. J

Mon 12 - Lee St Matthew’s Church, 6.30pm. NDH

Wed 14 - Chittlehampton St Hieretha’s Church, 7pm. J

Wed 14 - Woolsery All Hallows, 7pm. J

Thur 15 - East-the-Water The Bethel, 7pm. J

Fri 16 - Torrington Methodist Church, 7pm. J

Sat 17 - Bideford Pannier Market, 6pm. J