A charity is hoping local people will use its festive fundraiser to celebrate the memory of their loved ones.
St Wilfrid’s Hospice has launched its annual Lights of Love campaign and is offering people the chance to sponsor a light on a special Christmas tree at the front of its base in a bid to raise more cash towards its latest campaign.
The Eastbourne-based charity is set to move into a state-of-the-art multi-million pound new purpose built facility in the coming months and was overwhelmed by the amount of public support which allowed the new build to take place.
Under the banner of Campaign: Hospice Reach, staff at St Wilfrid’s plan to revolutionise the way end of life care is provided in Eastbourne and the new headquarters will more than double the number of residential beds the charity can provide to people.
However, with St Wilfrid’s almost entirely funded by donations, there is a real need to keep up the fundraising effort.
And, because of that, this year’s Lights of Love is a little different to usual.
As in previous years, anyone donating money for a light outside the hospice will also get a silver heart which can be hung on their tree at home, with information on how to sponsor a light available by calling Chris Clark on 01323 637871, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.stwhospice.org.
However, this festive season the charity is holding a special event at the Winter Garden’s Floral Hall.
Taking place on November 28 – a date which also happens to be the hospice’s 29th anniversary - the event will be an evening of music and spoken word, getting underway at 7.30pm.
Using the wonders of modern technology, the lights at the hospice will be turned on during the concert, with the pictures beamed back to the venue – no doubt to healthy cheers.
Entry is free, although obviously donations are hugely appreciated.
Charlotte Nuckhir, who has helped organise the even for St Wilfrid’s, said, “Our annual Lights of Love events have always been a popular way of remembering loved ones and celebrating our work and this year, at the start of what will be a very big year for the hospice, we want to make this year’s event even more poignant and involve more people.
“It will be a very special evening, with time for both reflection and celebration, and we look forward to welcoming those who wish to support us.”