Our Lady’s Hospice Light Up a Life 

by Gazette Reporter
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Singer songwriter, Brian Kennedy pictured visiting Noel and Clare Whelan, from Ballyfermot, Dublin at the Our Lady’s Hospice Annual ” Light Up a Life ” Christmas event held in Our Lady’s Hospice, Harolds Cross, Dublin.

Ahead of the live performance, Brian Kennedy said: “Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and the work it does across its sites in Dublin and Wicklow and within people’s homes and communities is something I greatly admire. I really appreciate the important place Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services holds in terms of delivering care and comfort to people and their families during what are very difficult times.

Anthony Fitzgerald and Damielle Kenny, from Crumlin pictured at the Our Lady’s Hospice Light Up a Life annual Christmas event held in Our Lady’s Hospice, Harolds Cross, Dublin
Photo Robbie Reynolds

“While it is great that we are able to gather again this Christmas, it is important to remember that the season can be difficult for many. Light Up A Life offers people the opportunity to remember and reflect and of course enjoy some music along the way. I will be performing some Christmas classics on the night as well as joining in the celebrations of 30 years of Light Up A Life”, he added.

Audrey Houlihan, Chief Executive Officer of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services said: “Although we have adapted during the last two years and held online Light Up A Life Ceremonies, the live spectacle is something special. We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support we have received for the event, especially over the last number of years. The fact that we are celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Light Up A Life is testament to the important place it holds in people’s hearts.

Lucy Barry, from Tallaght, Dublin picturted at the Our Lady’s Hospice Light Up a Life annual Christmas event held in Our Lady’s Hospice, Harolds Cross. Photo Robbie Reynolds

“Demand on our services has increased and the pandemic challenged our 660 medical staff and 350 volunteers like never before. However, we have continued to adapt and evolve our services to meet people’s needs. We are currently refurbishing our Blackrock Hospice to improve the environment in which we provide our care. When it opens in early 2023, the extended patient bedrooms will include sofa beds for loved ones to stay overnight, and technology to help those with specific requirements to remain as independent and safe as possible. These improvements will cost in the region of €7 million and fundraising will fund 100% of the construction costs”, she added.

Light Up A Life sponsored lights in honour of loved ones and displayed online as well as commemorative 30th anniversary decorations cards, decorations and pins are available online via the Light Up A Life website: https://lightupalife.ie/

Photos: Robbie Reynolds

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