Shine a light for your loved ones this Christmas

John Taylor Hospice is welcoming people to remember their loved ones by making a Light up a Life dedication in their memory.

The Birmingham charity’s popular annual event sees local communities honouring the lives of special people by dedicating a light on a Christmas tree and taking part in a celebration event.

And to ensure families and friends are still able to pay tribute to loved ones in a memorable way this festive season, hospice teams have created a sparkling virtual Tree of Lights and will live stream a short ceremony on Friday 4 December at 7pm.

Charlie Pette, Community and Events Fundraising Manager at John Taylor Hospice, explained: “Each glowing light on our virtual tree represents the life and memories of special people who are sadly no longer with us. Light up a Life is a meaningful way to celebrate those we hold dear and each dedication also helps to light up the lives of others – ensuring expert hospice care is free for everyone whoever and wherever they are.

“We invite you to leave a personal message on the virtual Tree of Lights to shine brightly in memory of a special person you love and miss. You can also upload a favourite family photo and share a link to the tree with your family and friends.

“After making your dedication you’ll receive an invitation to our virtual Light up a Life event which this year will be hosted on YouTube at 7pm on Friday 4 December. The ceremony will feature readings by hospice staff and supporters, alongside moving musical performances.

“As we reflect on what has been a very difficult year, coming together to support each other seems more important now than ever. We hope Light up a Life can give people comfort and please know that with your kind donation you’ll be giving the gift of care to more families this Christmas.”

To make your dedication today visit or contact the John Taylor Hospice Fundraising Team on or 0121 728 6739.

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