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Willow Wood Lights the Way to Christmas
Thursday 19th November 2015 @ 11:54 by Tom Greggan

Willow Wood Hospice is once again giving local residents the opportunity to dedicate a light on their Christmas Tree of Lights in celebration of a special life.

On launching the annual Light up a Life campaign, matron Karen Vallantine said: “It’s a sad fact that we cannot always be with our loved ones at special times of the year.

“Birthdays and anniversaries can all be difficult but Christmas can be especially hard, evoking loving memories of life and laughter.

“We have found that by sponsoring a light, people have found comfort and peace at a difficult and emotional time.

“Many people attend either one of the two dedication services in Tameside and Glossop and I hope, in some small way, we help them though this challenging time.”

Karen continued: “In the past people have thought that the Light up a Life campaign is only for those who have been involved, or indeed used the services of the hospice, but I would like to reassure people that the Light up a Life campaign is open to everyone, not just those touched by hospice care.

“Christmas is a time when we all remember our loved ones, and Light up a Life provides a focus for families and friends to remember in a variety of different ways.”

John Fellowes, head of fundraising for the Ashton-based hospice, said: “As usual there will be three dedicated ‘Tree of Lights’ shining out brightly in memory of someone special.

“With trees in the Albion Church, Ashton and Norfolk Square, Glossop, there is also a tree in the grounds of the hospice itself.

“For the first time this year we will be sending two ‘Light up a Life Stars’ for people to dedicate to loved ones.

“One star is for people to keep and place on their own Christmas tree and the other, if they wish, can be returned to the hospice where it will displayed on a special Tree of Memories.”

All dedications will be inscribed in the Christmas Books of Memories, which will be available for viewing locally from early December until Christmas.

The Books can be viewed at: Ashton Library; Dukinfield and Hyde Town Halls; The Festival Hall in Denton; the Concorde Suite, Droylsden; the Municipal Buildings, Glossop and the Civic Hall, Stalybridge.

Everyone is also invited to attend either of the two Celebration Carol Services with brass bands, choirs, readings and the dedication of the trees.

The Tameside service will be at 2pm on Sunday, December 14, at the Albion Church, Ashton, while the Glossop service is at 6pm on Tuesday, December 8, in the Market Arcade, Glossop.

To dedicate a light people can download a dedication form by visiting and follow the links shown, visit one of the hospice shops or contact the appeals office on (0161) 330 7788 or by email at [email protected]