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Celebrate Loved Ones this Christmas with Hospice’s ‘Light up a Life’ Event  

Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is remembering loved ones this Christmas with a touching, alternative light switch on. The local hospice will be hosting its seasonal ‘Light up a Life’ ceremony on Thursday 13th December, creating an evening of music, celebration and remembrance.

Taking place at the hospice in Selly Park, Light up a Life will see the charity switch on its Christmas tree lights, with lights symbolising the lives of those who are sadly no longer with us.

BBC WM’s Richard Wilford will be compering the event and there will be live musical performances from local school choir Colmore Juniors, as well as the Uptone Girls – a student choir from the University of Birmingham who represented the city in BBC One’s ‘Pitch Battle’.

For the first time this year, there will be an opportunity to honour loved ones before the event, in the hospice’s online ‘Book of Remembrance’. The online book will be filled with messages for loved ones, celebrating their lives and memories, and anyone who makes a dedication will be able to share the book with their family and friends. There will also be a physical book displayed at the ceremony.

Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice provides vital care to people and their families who are living with life-limiting illness. Its Light up a Life is part of the hospice’s ‘Care at Christmas’ campaign – a festive appeal that aims to increase support for the charity leading up to and over the Christmas period.

It will cost £22,000 to run the hospice on Christmas Day and so all donations from this event will make a big difference to the local families the hospice supports over the festive season.

The hospice will be hosting two remembrance events on Thursday 13th December, with an afternoon event starting at 5.30pm and an evening one at 7.30pm. The hospice is based at 176 Raddlebarn Road, Selly Park, Birmingham, B29 7DA.

To find out more about Light up a Life and to make a dedication, please visit: http://www.careatchristmas.org/light-up-a-life/