Light Up A Life remembers loved ones at St Catherine’s Hospice

Carly Richmond from Fulwood and her daughter Elsie, four, at the Light Up A Life switch-on service at St Catherine's Hospice
Carly Richmond from Fulwood and her daughter Elsie, four, at the Light Up A Life switch-on service at St Catherine's Hospice
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An emotional ceremony which remembers loved ones was held in the grounds of St Catherine’s Hospice last night.

The Light Up A Life appeal sees family and friends come together in tribute of those who have died.

“Everyone is there together when the lights are switched on for the same reason, and you know you are not alone in how you are feeling.”

Karen Gahagan

The meaningful event offers the chance to commemorate loved ones with a light in the beautiful grounds of St Catherine’s Park, Lostock Hall.

They shine out brightly over Christmas and into the new year, as a symbol of respect for those people being remembered.

The dedication service included music from Charnock Richard Brass Band and the Company of Voices choir.

The money raised through dedications is used to support the hospice’s services for people facing life-shortening conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease, heart failure and Parkinson’s disease.

Among those attending the poignant service – one of the longest-standing in the hospice’s 30 year history – were Lisa Malcolm and her partner Simon McConville.

Both Lisa’s mum Judith and Simon’s mum Janet were cared for at St Catherine’s.

Lisa, from Penwortham, said: “Simon and I have only got together in the last year when we discovered that not only were our mothers both looked after at the hospice, but that they actually stayed in the same room.

“That shared experience is certainly something which has brought us closer together, we find we talk about it quite a lot.

“Ever since our experiences we have supported St Catherine’s in various ways – taking part in events and raising money and Simon’s sons have taken part in the Santa Dash each year.

“Light Up A Life is another way we can give something back, but it’s also such a special occasion for us too – it’s an emotional night and it means a lot to us as a family.”

Karen Gahagan, from Leyland, has remembered her mum Marjorie and sister Christine Watson through Light Up A Life for the past 10 years.

She said: “Christmas is a time for family and for memories, and I think that’s why Light Up A Life feels so poignant - it’s important that even if those special people can’t be with us to join in the celebrations, it doesn’t mean they’re not in our thoughts.”

Cliff Hughes, chairman of the board of trustees at St Catherine’s Hospice, added: “Light Up A Life is one of our most meaningful events and has been an important part of our calendar for many, many years.

“It offers the chance for people to come together and share a special moment, and we know it means a lot to those people who attend.”

A special Light Up A Life book featuring the names of those remembered was on display during Tuesday night’s ceremony.

Dedications are still welcome throughout December, visit www.stcatherines.co.uk or call 01772 629171 to find out more.