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Light up a Life 2023


Light up a Life 2023

Join us to remember those we love and miss this Christmas by dedicating a light in their memory. 




14th December - 14th December

18:30 - 20:00

Registration deadline: 8th December

Our Light up a Life event will take place on Thursday 14th December 2023 in the St Helena Hospice garden, Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, CO4 9JU, where our hospice garden and Christmas tree will be lit up to honour and remember loved ones at this special time of year.

The event will include a Christmas light switch on in memory, a reading from our spirituality team lead Tim, Christmas carols and some delicious festive refreshments. At the service you will also receive a remembrance booklet with your dedication included. 

It will cost £30,000 to run St Helena’s services on Christmas Day. Will you help to raise this incredible amount, by dedicating a light, so St Helena can support those experiencing their last Christmas to make special memories and enjoy treasured traditions?

Christmas can be a time to cherish, and for many people facing incurable illness it may be their last opportunity to create memories together with their loved ones. Your generous support can help make this Christmas a comforting experience for them. Everyone deserves the chance to experience the joy of one last Christmas.

To ensure your dedication to your loved one is included in our Christmas remembrance booklet, please ensure you make your donation and dedication by Friday 8th December 2023.

You can view a full list of our Light up a Life terms and conditions here.

Unfortunately our Light up a Life event has now reached full capacity and is fully booked. We are sorry for any disappointment this may cause. However, you can still dedicate a light and ensure your dedication is included in the Light up a Life dedication booklet if you make your dedication by Friday 8th December.

If you dedicate a light on or after Monday 4th December please contact our fundraising team by emailing to arrange the collection of your dedication booklet.

Light up a Life FAQs

Here you can find a list of our most frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to dedicate a light on the St Helena Christmas tree?
We have a suggested donations of £25, £50 or £100.
How do I dedicate a light?
There is space on our donation form enclosed in the mailing or online to write the name of your loved one in return for a donation to the Hospice.
Can I dedicate more than one light?
Yes, however you will need to complete a separate dedication form for each dedication.
Do I have to attend the event to dedicate a light?
No, your light will still shine on our tree at the event when we light up the Christmas tree. You will also still be able to receive your dedication iin the dedication booklet. Please contact our fundraising team by emailing to arrange a day for collection from our fundraising office.
What date and time is the event?
This year's Light up a Life event will take place in the Hospice Garden at Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, CO4 9JU and will take place on Thursday 14th December from 18:30 - 20:00.
Can I park at the Hospice?
Yes you can park at the Hospice, but if this becomes too busy there is also alternative parking at Chantrelle Car Park.
Is the event religious?
The event is about Christmas, coming together to remember and celebrating those no longer with us who we miss and love. We aim to be as inclusive as possible with our event being inviting to all.
How much are tickets to the service?
Tickets are completely free, we just ask you to RSVP so we can keep track of numbers – The event numbers are limited so will be on a first come first serve basis.
What will be taking place at the event?
We will have the salvation army present, a reading from our spiritual lead and refreshments will include tea, coffee, hot chocolate along with some delicious Christmas treats.
When will the Christmas tree lights be switched on?
We aim for the lights to be switched on around 19:15 pm

Read about some of the other ways you can join us in remembering those we loved and miss this festive season

Remember a loved one at Christmas

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