Specialists in palliative care

Light Up a Life

Honour someone special this Christmas
Dedicate a light on our tree for a donation to St John’s Hospice

As Christmas approaches and we celebrate all that is new, we understand the need to pause, reflect and celebrate those who have impacted our lives at this special time of year. Light Up A Life gives us this chance as well as an opportunity to support the vital work of St John’s Hospice.

Whether you dedicate in memory of a loved one or want to thank and honour someone still in your life, you can dedicate a light on our Hospice tree.

Dedications made online have the option to include a photograph of loved ones and a message to add to our Photo Wall. This is a wonderful way to make your dedication shine brighter and share with others in celebrating your loved one.

If you have made a dedication and would still like to add a picture and message, please send the details to [email protected] and we will add these for you. (Please note it could take a few days for your picture to appear online.)

Dedications are still very welcome but we are no longer be able to send out dedication cards.

St John's Hospice Light Up A Life 2023 logo in a warm orange starry sky.

Dedications like yours allow St John's 
to care for families like Lizzies

"My wonderful Dad was cared for at home by the Hospice at Home and Clinical Nurse Specialist teams. Dad loved the Hospice team, he and Pippa got on brilliantly chatting about their Scottish roots. He and Mum called them angels.

What people don’t know about St John’s until they come into contact with them is that they look after the whole family. They looked after Dad, Mum and me, whilst also managing to help my children.

The care continued after Dad died with the Hospice team keeping in touch and offering bereavement support. I wasn’t ready for bereavement support at first and like many parents tried to focus all my attention on my children who were missing their Grandad. But then I found myself in a place where I couldn’t move forward.

When I first stepped into the Forget Me Not Centre at St John’s I immediately felt a sense of calm. The weekly counselling sessions and therapies with Jude gave me a safe place to ‘let go’ and not worry about being ‘strong’ or judged by others so I could finally process my grief. Staff there went above and beyond to try and help me with so many things – I’m very grateful.

The best way I can describe St John’s care is being wrapped in a lovely warm blanket. Their care helped take me from a place of darkness to acceptance and light, which is why I am encouraging the community to support the annual Light Up a Life appeal.

Soon I’ll be volunteering for St John’s – I know how important their work is to all whose lives are touched by it. I want to help so other patients and families can experience the care my family did."

Lizzie & her Dad, Matt

Join our celebration Events

Our FREE events are open to everyone to join us for music and readings as we come together as Christmas approaches. We look forward to seeing you there. Please join us on:

Friday 1st December - 6:30pm

St Joseph’s Church, Slyne Road, Lancaster, LA1 2HU

Following the event on the 1st of December, please join us for a candlelit procession back to the Hospice to view the tree, beautifully lit in our Hospice grounds. You are welcome to bring any lights or lanterns to carry with you on this special evening.

Monday 11th December - 6:30pm
(Rescheduled due to poor weather)

Kendal Parish Church, Kirkland, Kendal, LA9 5AF

With refreshments served in the church afterwards.

Supporting you this season

We know that Christmas can be a difficult time for those suffering from grief, whether from a recent bereavement or from a loss years ago. St John’s Hospice is here for you this season with a guide with gentle suggestions and ideas that could help you manage not only yourself but also friends and family expectations. Click to download the guide below: 
Download Support guide