Thank you for helping to light up lives at North Devon Hospice and Children’s Hospice South West this Christmas

The 2016 Light Up a Life service at Bideford Pannier Market. Picture: Graham HobbsThe 2016 Light Up a Life service at Bideford Pannier Market. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Our Light Up a Life appeal has been a fantastic success this year by raising £37,500 for Children's Hospice South West and North Devon Hospice.

To mark its 20th year, the appeal was launched with some stunning sand art at Saunton Sands created by Martin Artman and his 
friends.

Special services around North Devon have given people the opportunity to reflect and celebrate the lives of loved ones and make a donation to the appeal.

Gerard Fawcitt, from North Devon Hospice's fundraising team, said: "We are so grateful to all who have donated. It is a beautiful way to support the work of the hospice while remembering loved ones whom we miss, especially at this time of year.

"There are many families throughout the area who will need the support of North Devon Hospice this Christmas time, and your donations make that possible."

Emma Perry, senior community fundraiser at Children's Hospice South West's Little Bridge House hospice in Fremington, said: "In our 25th anniversary year, the Light Up a Life appeal has been even more poignant for us.

"Christmas is such a magical time for our families and our care team go out of their way to create a home-from-home atmosphere.

"It is thanks to the incredible generosity of the local community that we can continue to offer this respite care and make the most of short and precious lives."

Both hospices thanked the Gazette, Morrisons and all those who had sponsored the appeal.

Editor Andy Keeble said: "This appeal shows the fantastic community spirit in North Devon and once again people have taken it to their hearts.

"We would like to thank everyone for their amazing generosity and support for such good causes."