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12 Dec 2019 Community

Kirkwood’s garden shines bright remembering loved ones

Hundreds of families gathered at Kirkwood to shine a light in memory of their loved ones at our annual Light up a Life event.

Each year, Kirkwood invites people from across Kirklees and beyond to join in the Light up a Life celebrations to remember loved ones who have died or cannot be here as the festive season approaches.

Hundreds gathered to see the beautiful beech tree at the heart of Kirkwood to be lit in honour of those we love and miss, with hundreds of lights shining brightly in their memory.

The Light up a Life ceremonies were led by Hospice Chaplain and Spiritual Care Coordinator, Jonathan Sharp, and volunteer, Joy Coates. The evening was also beautifully complemented with musical items from the Huddersfield Community Gospel Choir and Grange Moor Brass Band.

 Grange Moor Brass Band


On Saturday, sisters Melanie and Chantelle Tiplady, of Newsome, were attending for the first time with family to remember their Mum, Maureen Tiplady, who died earlier this year.

Melanie said: “Christmas was such a special time for Mum. It’s our first Christmas without her so it is nice to be here at Light up a Life with all of the family to remember her.

“Mum spent just over four weeks in the Hospice, and passed away on Sunday 28th April 2019 with her family by her side. The staff and volunteers supported Mum with such dignity and respect. We are forever grateful.”

 Chantelle and Melanie with their Mum, Maureen.


Also attending was Kelly, of Meltham, who was remembering her Dad, Barry Hartley, who died on Kirkwood’s In-Patient Unit in July 2018. Kelly was also joined by her Husband, Dean, and eight-year-old daughter, Isabelle.

Kelly and Dean said: “It’s the nicest place to be when you need it; the nurses are fantastic.

 “This is our first time attending Light up a Life. Being here is about remembering Barry.

“We will always want to give back to Kirkwood. We have taken part in events such as It’s a Knockout, and we also support our local charity shop, and anything else we can do.”

 Kelly, Dean and their daughter, Isabelle.


Sandra Pearson, of Almondbury, attended last Saturday for the second year running to remember her Husband Michael, who died at Kirkwood in July 2017.

Sandra said: “Light up a life is a lovely event.

“Kirkwood is a marvellous place. I like to come back because Michael passed here; I just feel connected to Kirkwood.

“The Nurses are amazing. I will never forget the care given to both Michael and myself during his time on the In-Patient Unit.”

 Sandra Pearson at Kirkwood's Light up a Life.


Attending Sunday’s ceremony was Katie Tyas along with her Sister and Mum from Cleckheaton, remembering their Dad and Husband, Graham Marsden.

Katie said: “This is the second year that me, my mum and sister have attended Light up a Life.

Reflecting on family memories, Katie said: “A special memory of my Dad is when both of my children were born. He had four grandchildren who were his world, and he did anything for them.

“Dad’s last few days at Kirkwood were exceptionally heart-breaking, but everyone looked after him and they supported all of my family, and I'm truly grateful. Light up a Life means a lot to me, my mum and sister.”

 Katie's Dad, Graham Marsden.


For the third year, Jason Masterson, of Newsome, joined us to remember his Mum, Barbara Masterson. Jason was joined by his wife, Sarah, children Zak and Zoe, along with Zoe’s Fiancé, William.

“Light up a Life is a very special and emotional event for us since my Mother passed away at Kirkwood.

“Christmas was my Mother’s favourite time of year and we always spent it together with the family. We went on many family holidays when I was a child and also later in life where I have so many precious memories.

“We will be forever in debt and awe at the care and love my Mother received at Kirkwood. We will continue to support Kirkwood as it has a special connection for me and Sarah. It’s our peaceful place.”

 Jason with his Mum, Barbara Masterson on Jason's 40th Birthday.


For those unable to attend last week’s events, an indoor service will be held tomorrow, 14th December at the Longcauseway Church in Dewsbury at 12 noon. This event is free and open to anyone.

There is still time to pay tribute to someone special this Christmas through our new online dedication page. Here you can add photos and a personal message to celebrate your loved one. Please visit: https://kirkwoodhospice.light-up-a-life.org/

If you've missed this year’s Light up a Life celebrations, we made a very special recording of the event to share with you all. Please click on the link below: 

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