New venue confirmed for this year’s Light up a Life

Thanks to an overwhelming response to our Light up a Life survey we have made some exciting changes to this year’s celebrations.

Each year, hundreds of people join John Taylor Hospice’s Light up a Life event to celebrate or remember their loved ones. “We know how special Light up a Life is for many families,” said Community and Events Fundraising Manager Emily Boate. “As the event continues to grow year-on-year we wanted to ask people for their thoughts and look at ways we can improve the event together.

“The response to the survey was overwhelming and we’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank to everyone who got in touch. It was wonderful to hear about your positive experiences and read your suggestions and recommendations for this year’s event. Over the last few weeks we’ve carefully considered the results of the survey and have introduced some changes thanks to your valuable feedback.”

Your feedback

You said: The day of the event isn’t suitable for many of you.

We did: We have moved the day of the event from a Sunday evening to a Friday evening to ensure that more people can join in the celebrations. We will be holding this year’s Light up a Life on Friday 6 December at 6.30pm.  

You said: The venue isn’t big enough and you don’t mind travelling to other areas of the community to attend the event.

We did: Finding a bigger and more accessible venue was a priority. We’re really excited to announce that this year’s event will be at Harvest Fields, Sutton Coldfield B75 5TJ. The venue is close to the M6, M42 and just five minutes from the A38. It is also close to frequent cross-Birmingham trains. The centre is wheelchair and pushchair accessible and there is parking onsite for 65 vehicles and ample on-street parking near to the centre.  

You said: Being outside for the whole event is hard work (and too cold!)

We did: Harvest Fields has bright, modern and spacious facilities – inside and outside – and can accommodate large numbers of people. This year’s event will mainly take place indoors.

Harvest Fields, Sutton Coldfield B75 5TJ

“Your views have really helped to shape and improve Light up a Life and will continue to do during the event planning,” added Emily. “We hope that you’ll be happy with these changes and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Thank you so much for your continued support and for helping us make every moment matter for local families.”

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Light up a Life on Friday 6 December at 6.30pm at Harvest Fields, Sutton Coldfield. If you have any questions please contact the John Taylor Hospice Fundraising Team on 0121 728 6739 or by email at [email protected]

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