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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.

Making a Dedication

If you'd like to make a dedication, you can do so by clicking the 'Make a Dedication' button below. 

Please note, any Light up a Life dedications made will now be added to the Book of Lights in the New Year. Please contact the Fundraising Team on: 01484 557911 if you would like to request tickets for the ceremonies at Kirkwood on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday.

Find out more

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


Our Light up a Life events

This year we are holding three special ceremonies in the grounds at Kirkwood Hospice. These are taking place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December at 4.30pm and Wednesday 11th December at 6.30pm. Please contact the Fundraising Team on: 01484 557911 if you would like to request tickets for the ceremonies at Kirkwood on these dates. If you have tickets to these events, here is some handy pre-event information before you arrive.

  • Limited car parking is available at the Mill Hill Health Centre, which is a 5 minute walk from Kirkwood Hospice. Please car share where possible. Disabled car parking for Blue Badge holders will be available at Kirkwood Hospice.
  • Refreshments will be available after the services and a selection of gifts and Christmas decorations will be available to purchase in the Gift Shop at the Main Reception.
  • There will be limited seating at each event - please arrive early if you require a seat. Please note, these are outdoor ceremonies and suitable footwear and clothing is advised.

A fourth, indoor service, will take place at the Longcauseway Church, Dewsbury, on Saturday 14th December at 12noon. Tickets are not required for this event.



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