On Sunday 10th December, Wirral Hospice St John’s will invite people from all around our Wirral community, alongside family and friends, into the hospice grounds for the annual Light up a Life lights switch-on commemorations.
This year, Mr Juan Parentini, and his daughters Amy and Zoe will switch on the 10,000 sparkling lights which will then glow in the trees at Wirral Hospice St John’s every evening in the run up to, and throughout, Christmas time.
The family will dedicate the switch-on to the memory of Juan’s wife, and Amy and Zoe’s mum, Helen, who was cared for at the hospice in 2022.
Juan spoke on behalf of them all,
“It’s such a special honour to be asked to switch on the lights for Light up a Life. Helen was so grateful for the kindness and care she was given by the wonderful team at the hospice. Amy, Zoe and I will have Helen in our hearts forever and by switching on the lights we will send a message of love to everyone who will be remembering their precious loved ones too.”
People will start arriving from around 4pm on the 10th December to browse fundraising stalls, have some tea, coffee, cake and other refreshments, to gather their personal thoughts and to find a position in readiness for the switch on service at 5.30pm.
The hospice choir and the Port Sunlight Lyceum Brass Band will combine to bring supporters reflective songs and carols, along with heartfelt readings from the hospice team.
Wirral Hospice St John’s relies upon the financial support of many businesses, as well as thousands of individuals, to provide its free care to patients with life limiting illnesses. Once again the hospice is inviting local businesses to sponsor a light for a kind donation, from only £50.00. Through supporting Light up a Life businesses are credited in the event programme and in the business book of honour.
Julia Evans, Fundraising Manager said,
“We are so humbled to welcome Juan, Zoe and Amy to switch on our lights in memory of Helen. So many people take so much comfort from the lights and it’s our privilege to welcome them all. We really can’t thank them enough. The continued generosity of Wirral people and our kind business community makes such a difference to the care of our patients and their families. Bringing people together to remember our loved ones and reflect the loss we all feel, especially at this time of year, is so poignant but also really uplifting. We are so grateful.”
Businesses who would like to support Light up a Life in any way, should please call Julia to discuss on 0151 343 0778 or email email@example.com.