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Name: Light up a Life

Light up a Life

Christmas is a very special time of year when people often remember, reflect and celebrate the lives of loved ones. At Kirkwood Hospice, thousands of people come together every December, as part of Light up a Life, to remember people that they love by dedicating a light in their honour on our stunning beech tree in the Hospice gardens.

You may want to remember someone who has died and is forever in your thoughts. Or you can remember someone living away from home who you may be missing as the year draws to a close.

Light up a Life is for everyone regardless of faith or culture. It is for people who do not have a direct connection to the Hospice as well as for those who do. It provides us with a unique opportunity to come together as a community to remember those we love. By taking part, your support also ensures that essential funds are raised for Kirkwood so we can continue looking after people when they really need our help.

This year, we will once again hold two very special ceremonies in our beautiful grounds at Kirkwood Hospice on consecutive days; Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December at 4.30pm. These outdoor ceremonies will be ticketed (free admission), with 400 tickets available for each event on a first come first served basis. A third event, an indoor service, will take place at the Longcauseway Church, Dewsbury on Saturday 9th December at 12 noon.

If you would like to remember someone you love this Christmas, please click here to tell us to whom you would like to dedicate your light, and which event you would like to attend. At all three events, a Tree of Lights will be illuminated – each light on the tree representing a loved one being remembered.


Making a Dedication

If you would like to make a dedication to a loved one and request tickets for any of the events, please click the button below.


Find out more

If you would like more information about Light up a Life, or would prefer to make a dedication or request tickets over the phone, please contact the Fundraising Team on: 01484 557911 or email: wasim.hussain@kirkwoodhospice.co.uk


Why I'm supporting Light up a Life - Stephanie from Huddersfield

"2017 did not get off to the best start for me and my family. On New Year’s Day, my mum informed us that she had been diagnosed with cancer. We were dealt a further devastating blow when we learnt a month later that her condition was terminal.

Through all of this, there was one bit of happy news; in April I got engaged to my partner, Ben. Mum was thrilled when she found out about my engagement. As a family, we were determined to ensure that Mum would be a part of the wedding.

Mum was admitted to Kirkwood on two separate occasions and was there for 10 days the first time. Kirkwood managed her symptoms so that she was more comfortable. Her second admission took place on my wedding day. She had only been at home for four days but her condition deteriorated rapidly in that period.

Stephanie's Mum, Helen.

The day before my wedding, the Hospice told us that they had a bed available for Mum the following day. On the day of the wedding, my dad and Ben took Mum to the Hospice early in the morning before returning home. We all got ready and on the way to the ceremony, the car took me and Dad to the Hospice. The two of us spent around 30 minutes with Mum.

Mum was very poorly and wasn’t able to talk. But she did have her eyes open so she was able to see me dressed as a bride. After getting married, we all returned to the Hospice and repeated the ceremony in Mum’s room. Mum was heavily sedated by this point and looked like she was asleep.The Registrar was truly amazing and held mum’s hand during the repeat ceremony. Although Mum did not have her eyes open, I’d like to think that she was able to hear her daughter getting married.

The following day, we spent the morning with Mum and said our goodbyes as we knew the end was near. We headed home to get a change of clothes. On the way home, Ben and I called in at Dad’s as he had left just before us. This was when we got the call. Mum had died in the safe and peaceful sanctuary of Kirkwood Hospice.

Although my wedding did not work out as we had planned, it means so much to us all that Mum was a part of it. Kirkwood helped us to achieve the best possible outcome in awful circumstances. I will never forget what the Hospice did for us.

I will be taking part in Light up a Life this year to remember my mum. I feel I have a deep connection with Kirkwood now. It’s a remarkable place.”

Campaign sponsored by:

Wheawill & Sudworth

Wheawill & Sudworth is a very well-established firm of Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisers. Our independent and partner-lead approach ensures clients receive advice they can rely on and trust.

Clients can benefit from our full range of services including:

Ideas to save Inheritance Tax
Wealth protection using family trusts
Minimising Capital Gains Tax on business disposals
Valuing shares in family companies

Please contact Colin Barratt for further information:

Tel: 01484 423691

Email: colin.barratt@wheawills.co.uk