Every December, John Taylor Hospice invites people to gather together to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.
This year’s Light up a Life celebration is taking place on Sunday 9 December and is open to everyone - not just people whose families have received care from the hospice.
Attending this year’s event in memory of his wife is Jeff Attwood from Erdington. Jeff’s wife of 50 years, Glenda Attwood, was cared for by John Taylor Hospice teams in 2014.
Jeff, 84, has written a dedication to Glenda in the Book of Lights and will be joining families, friends, hospice staff and volunteers for the special event which features readings, songs and the illumination of a tree filled with lights – each light dedicated to someone we love.
This will be the second year that Jeff has taken part in Light up a Life celebrations. “It’s a very moving occasion,” explains Jeff. “You’re surrounded by people who have also lost loved ones and you can find great comfort in that.”
Jeff met the love of his life Glenda at a wedding in 1962. They married two years later and went on to have two children. Jeff, a retired newsagent, and former nurse Glenda celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in April 2014.
Since Glenda died in July 2014, Jeff has supported the work of John Taylor Hospice by donating money, taking on a sponsored zip wire challenge in Wales and taking part in events such as Light up a Life. He also attends a weekly social group at the hospice’s Living Well Centre.
“The hospice was like a home from home for us when Glenda was being cared for,” adds Jeff. “They made sure she was surrounded by all of her family at the end. They really were wonderful and it is important for me to support the work of the hospice as they made sure my wife and our family received the very best care and support.”
Light up a Life takes place at 6pm this Sunday 9 December at Hollyfields Centre in Woodacre Road, Erdington B24 0JT. The event is free and open to anyone to attend. It takes place outside so please wrap up warm!