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Name: Light up a Life

Light up a Life

Christmas is a very special time of year for so many of us. It’s a time to celebrate and create new memories with people we love. But it’s also a time to reflect and remember loved ones who live on forever in our hearts.

Remember someone you love this festive period in a unique and special way

This December thousands of people will come together as part of Light up a Life appeal to remember people they love by dedicating a light in their honour on our Tree of Lights.

You might be thinking about someone who has died as the year draws to a close. Or you might be missing someone special who couldn’t make it home for Christmas. Light up a Life is your chance to pay tribute to those you love by dedicating a light in their honour.

Throughout the festive period, a beautiful Beech tree at the heart of Kirkwood’s gardens will shine brightly in memory of your loved ones. Hundreds of lights will fill the winter sky as families like yours come together in celebration of those we love.

For the first time this year, you could also choose to remember your loved one by leaving a personal dedication on our online dedication page. A lovely way to remember someone you love, you can add photos and messages to celebrate someone special. You can also invite family and friends to view and share your memories.


Join us at one of our Light up a Life events

If you choose to dedicate a light to someone you love, we’ll invite you to join us at one of our Light up a Life ceremonies. You don’t need to attend one of our events to dedicate a light, but if you’d like to come along, please request tickets when you make a dedication.

This year we will be holding three special ceremonies in the grounds at Kirkwood Hospice. These will take place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December at 4.30pm and Wednesday 11th December at 6.30pm. These outdoor ceremonies are free, with tickets issued on a first come, first served basis.

A fourth, indoor service, will take place at the Longcauseway Church, Dewsbury, on Saturday 14th December at 12noon.

At all our ceremonies, you can be sure of a warm welcome in a place where your feelings are truly understood. Our team are on hand to listen and support you however we can.

If you would like to remember a loved one this Christmas time, please click here let us know who you would like to dedicate your light to. You can also let us know if you’ll be attending one of our special Light up a Life events.


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: events@kirkwoodhospice.co.uk


Why I'm supporting Light up a Life - Steve’s story

“Jill was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017. Following a period of treatment over several months, she was given the all-clear and we thought we could resume our lives. However, Jill’s cancer returned very quickly; this time in the form of an inoperable brain tumour. Ten weeks after Jill was given the all-clear, she died peacefully at Kirkwood Hospice.

“Jill spent the last 11 days of her life at Kirkwood. It was an extremely turbulent time in our lives; a real emotional roller coaster. I am so thankful that she was admitted to the Hospice.

“Just before she was admitted to Kirkwood, Jill was in extreme pain. She told me that it felt like her head would explode. It only took Kirkwood a couple of hours to control her pain and make her comfortable. Jill really perked up after this and the final few days of her life were as peaceful as they could be. We enjoyed the glorious gardens at the Hospice, which we were in full bloom, and I was able to push her round in a wheelchair. I’ll never forget the memories of exploring Kirkwood’s gardens in the sunshine.

“When the end came, I played Jill’s favourite music and she passed into spirit in my arms in the tranquil setting of Kirkwood Hospice. I am so grateful that Jill spent her finals days in such a wonderful and caring place. I frequently return to the Hospice and it feels like coming home. It’s not upsetting in any way because Jill was looked after with so much love and compassion.

“I’ll be taking part in Light up a Life this December to remember Jill and to reflect on the person she was.”

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