Dedicate a light in memory of your loved ones

THE Oldham community is invited to remember their loved ones who are in their thoughts during the festive period at a special service.

Christmas can be a fun time to celebrate with family but also a difficult period for people.

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice is holding its annual multi-faith Light Up a Life service, which offers local residents and people from further afield the opportunity to celebrate the lives of those no longer with us – regardless of whether they have received care from the hospice or not.

It will be taking place virtually and in-person at the Royton-based hospice on Sunday, December 3, at 5pm.

The 30-minute service will include readings and vocal performances, along with the switching-on of the tree lights.

Tea, coffee and festive cocktails will be offered afterwards in the hospice cafe, and stalls will also be available for visitors to peruse on the evening.

This year’s service will follow its traditional format, allowing people to make a dedication in the form of a shining light on the dedication tree situated within the hospice.

Anyone who makes a dedication will receive a personalised dedication card with their loved ones name(s), along with a dedication star which will be hung on the hospice tree. Those attending the in-person service will also receive an Order of Service.

For those unable to attend the in-person service, you can watch it on the hospice’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

People who tune in virtually can request a Light up a Life at Home pack, which includes instructions on how to join, an Order of Service, a dedication card with your loved ones name, a cut-out star to hang up, and a tealight candle to light during the service.

To dedicate a light, go to, complete a form in one of the hospice’s four shops, or call the hospice’s Fundraising Team on 0161 624 9984.

All dedications must be made by Monday, November 27, to be included in the Book of Remembrance and on-screen during the service.

Eleanor Sloan, Fundraising Events Lead at Dr Kershaw’s, who is responsible for organising the service, said: “Our annual Light Up a Life service is unique as it enables our community to remember their lost loved ones in a positive way with their participation being not only a symbol of remembrance but a way to show support to those in need in the community during the festive period.”

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