Queenscourt’s annual Lights of Love appeal has been launched which will once again see the hospice’s trees illuminated with lights dedicated to loved ones this winter.
The appeal offers a special way to celebrate the lives of your loved ones by dedicating a shining light in their name and making a donation to support our vital work.
As in previous years, your light will shine in the Queenscourt trees throughout December and January and if you send a message with your donation this will feature in our Book of Dedications at this year’s Lights of Love services.
This year, however, we have added two new ‘virtual’ dimensions to the appeal. We have introduced a virtual tree, where supporters can share a photo of their loved one, and there is also the opportunity for supporters to create their own virtual tree for someone they love and use it to fundraise for Queenscourt.
One of the first virtual trees has been created by Tania Cockcroft who is raising money in memory of her mum, Lorna Christer who died in October 2018.
Tania said: “I wanted to support Queenscourt Hospice, especially at this time of year, as mum died last year after spending three weeks in Queenscourt and five weeks at home with their support.
“This is such a lovely way to keep mum close and to light up a tree in her memory. We always spent Christmas all together, so I would love to get her tree sparkling in time for Christmas whilst paying Queenscourt back for the care they gave to mum.”
Our Lights of Love appeal will be celebrated at our Lights Of Love Services which will be held at Christ the King School, Southport, at 4pm on Saturday, November 30; and at Parish Church, Ormskirk at 4pm the following afternoon (December 1).
Both services are free to attend, are held indoors and will include carols and readings. You’ll also be greeted with a mince pie and a hot drink.
Judith Stewart, Fundraising & Lottery Manager, said: “Whilst the festive period is often a time for celebration, it’s also a time for reflection, and the support we offer has never been more important. Last year’s Lights of Love Appeal raised a staggering £23,294, but we are hoping to do even better this year and have set a target of £28,500. We can only achieve this with your support and donations.”