Traditionally seen as the start of the festive period for many, this year Danny O’Reilly will headline a special evening of music and remembrance in Harold’s Cross on Sunday, 3rd December, and Today FM’s Ian Dempsey will return as MC.
The performance, expected to attract more than 10,000 people, will culminate in the lighting of the Light Up A Life Christmas tree, a magical and emotional spectacle for all who attend.
Mary Flanagan, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services said: “Light Up A Life is a very special occasion for our community of patients, residents, families, staff, volunteers, neighbours and friends. This unique and live event of music, remembrance and lighting of our Christmas tree offers people an opportunity to commence the festive season, while also remembering their loved ones. Last year was the 30th year of Light Up A Life and we are extremely grateful for the support we receive through this special event.
“Demand for our services continues to increase across our three sites in Harold’s Cross, Blackrock and Wicklow, and we rely on the generosity of the public through our ongoing fundraising activities,” she added.
Ahead of the live performance, Danny O’Reilly said “I’m delighted and honoured to have been asked to join the community in Harold’s Cross to turn on the Christmas lights for Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services on December 3rd. My family, like many others, have seen first-hand the important care and services Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services provides and are aware of the vital work they do in the community.
“You can help by sponsoring a light on the Christmas tree in memory of a loved one. I hope to see you on December 3rd”, he added.
The Light Up A Light remembrance ceremony is free to attend. Funds raised through people sponsoring lights in memory of a loved one and sales from the online Christmas shop and on the night, are crucially important to OLH&CS.
Ger Kelly, patient and campaigner with Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services said “Light Up A Life is one of the largest annual fundraisers for Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services. I avail of the services in Blackrock and Harold’s Cross, which I am very grateful for and therefore delighted to support this important campaign. Light Up A Life is a great way to give back and to also remember our loved ones at this time of year, which can also be tough for people. Light Up A Life allows us to gather together and think of our loved ones, all the while supporting the patients, staff and volunteers of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services”.
The Light Up A Life Remembrance Ceremony takes place on Sunday, 3rd December from 3.45pm on the grounds of Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Harold’s Cross. Although there is no parking available on-site, the location is well-served by public transport.
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