This year’s Gazette Light Up a Life appeal is set to get star billing at Barnstaple’s Christmas Lights switch-on this Sunday (November 18).

The Light Up a Life star shining over Christmas in Barnstaple. Picture: Andy KeebleThe Light Up a Life star shining over Christmas in Barnstaple. Picture: Andy Keeble

The 22nd annual joint fundraising appeal for North Devon Hospice (NDH) and Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) will be launched on the big stage at 5.30pm, before the main switch-on at 6pm.

Families who have been supported by the two hospices will light a giant star in the Square; stars will also be lit at each hospice and the Gazette office and continue to shine for the duration of the appeal.

Braunton singer Sophie Kerslake will sing a carol while the star is lit and will then be joined by young singers to perform gospel carols after families are given the chance to speak about why the appeal and the charities are so special.

Barnstaple teenager Sam Walter has been receiving support at CHSW’s Little Bridge House in Fremington since he was five-years-old.

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He will be joined on stage by mum Jo Boydd, who will be speaking about how the children’s hospice has made such a difference to their lives.

Jo said: “He’s a really happy little chap and coming to Little Bridge House, where it really is all about making the most of life, is just perfect for him.

“He absolutely comes alive with all the attention, the resources and the facilities that are on offer.”

Many families have been supported by NDH this year, including the Cameron family from Barnstaple. Jamie Cameron said: “Our dad Eddie was a wonderful husband, dad, grampy, father-in-law, brother and friend.

Sam Walter at Little Bridge House with mum Jo Boyd. Picture: CHSWSam Walter at Little Bridge House with mum Jo Boyd. Picture: CHSW

“The care that dad and the whole family received from the hospice nurses, at home and in the bedded unit was exceptional. “Because of the hospice, we were able to make special memories and enjoy precious time spent as a family in the last days. Please join us in supporting Light Up a Life this Christmas.”

*******If you would like to donate to the appeal in memory of a loved one, text LUAL10 £(enter amount) to 70070, go to www.lual.co.uk or call NDH on 01271 347232 or CHSW on 01271 325270.

The name(s) of your loved ones will be entered into a special Light Up a Life book of remembrance, available to view at Light Up a Life services throughout December.

Supporting Light Up a Life: Three generations of the Cameron family: brothers Jamie and Stuart, with Eddie and grandson Freddie.Supporting Light Up a Life: Three generations of the Cameron family: brothers Jamie and Stuart, with Eddie and grandson Freddie.

Light Up a Life services 2018

Sun, Dec 2, 6.30pm St Philip and St James, Ilfracombe

Sun, Dec 2, 10.30am St Mary’s Church, Appledore NDH only

Mon, Dec 3, 6.30pm St Mary Magdalene, Chulmleigh

Wed, Dec 5, 6.30pm Methodist Church, Marwood

Thu, Dec 6, 6pm St Sabinus Church, Woolacombe NDH only

Fri, Dec 7, 7pm Grosvenor Church, Barnstaple

Sat, Dec 8, 7pm Methodist Church, Holsworthy

Sun, Dec 9, 4pm Methodist Church, Northam CHSW only

Sun, Dec 9, 6.30pm Fremington Methodist Church

Sun, Dec 9, 6.30pm Methodist Church, Combe Martin

Mon, Dec 10, 7pm Christ Church, Braunton.

Wed, Dec 12, 7pm South Molton Methodist Church

Wed, Dec 12, 7pm, All Hallows, Woolsery

Thu, Dec 13, 7pm Christ Church, Barnstaple CHSW only

Thu, Dec 13, 7.30pm The Bethel Church, East the Water

Fri, Dec 14, 6.30pm

St Peter’s Church, North Tawton CHSW only

Sat, Dec 15, 6pm Bideford Pannier Market

Sun, Dec 16, 7pm Methodist Church, Torrington