Light Up a Life services start this week

Support North Devon’s two hospices by making a donation in the memory of loved ones this Christmas.

A SERIES of poignant remembrance series starts this week in aid of North Devon Hospice and Children’s Hospice South West.

Throughout December, 18 special Light Up a Life services are taking place in venues around North Devon and Torridge.

The first is being held at St Mary’s Church in Appledore at 10am on Sunday and will be followed later that day by 6.30pm services at Ilfracombe’s Holy Trinity Church, and at Combe Martin Methodist Church.

People are asked to make a donation for candles to be lit in memory of loved ones, whose names are included in books of remembrance.


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The Gazette’s proud association with Light Up a Life is now in its 15th year and in that time the appeal has raised more than �300,000 shared between the two hospices.

It has provided great comfort to thousands of people throughout the years, as they honour the memory of someone who is no longer with us.

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Gerard Fawcitt, from North Devon Hospice’s fundraising team, said: “Light Up a Life is a unique occasion, where people come together to remember those dear to us. Whether you send in your donation or come to one of the many services taking place across the area, you have the chance to part of something special.

Emma Perry, from Children’s Hospice South West, said: “Children’s Hospice South West relies almost entirely on the generosity of the local community to fund the unique and precious service that we provide.

“By remembering a loved one this Christmas and making a donation in their memory you will be helping local life-limited children and their families for many years to come.”

Gazette editor, Andy Keeble, added: “Like most charities, both hospices are having to work harder to raise the money which funds their vital services in the region so it’s more important than ever to support this year’s appeal.

“Our readers have offered their unfailing and generous support for this appeal for many years and we know they will continue to do.”

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Making a donation in memory of someone we love is particularly poignant at this time of year. Your money will help Children’s Hospice South West and North Devon Hospice continue their vital work.

You can remember someone close to you by filling in one of the slips published on this webpage or printed on page 2 of the North Devon Gazette. The name of your loved ones will then be entered into a special Light Up a Life Book of Remembrance and a light will be lit in their memory. The book will be available to view at the range of services which take place in November and December.

Alternatively, click on the links at the top of this page to go to direct to each hospices’ website.

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