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Light Up A Life

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


visit the Photo Wall

View our Online Celebration

As Christmas approaches and we make plans to create new new magical memories. While we celebrate all that is new, we understand the need for time to reflect and celebrate those who have impacted on our lives.

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.
In return for your donation you will receive a personalised handwritten card with the name of the person you are honouring, to display in your home or to gift.

Once again if you make your dedication online you will have the option to upload a photograph of your loved one 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 and we will add these for you. Please note it could take a few days for your picture to appear online

Your dedications help create unforgettable memories

Light Up a Life is a reminder that Christmas can be tough when we miss loved ones, but the memorable moments shared together still shine. Here is Vernon and his daughter Laura’s Story.

In March this year, Kathryn stayed on our inpatient ward. Kathryn’s husband, Vernon said “The care was brilliant; you couldn’t get better care. The facilities are second to none. Kathryn’s room was amazing, size, clean, with a view to outside which we could all enjoy. The family thought the view from Kathryn’s room was amazing because of the wildlife in the garden and the sunny position of the room which made it not seem as bad at times.

“We were apprehensive about sending her. We weren’t thinking end of life. If anyone suggests going into St John’s for respite or treatment I would highly recommend it. It was hard under the restrictions but the staff would do anything for you.”


The Hospice is a place for the whole family to receive support and make every moment matter all year round. Light Up a Life supports the work of St John’s and allows your community to have time to reflect on a loved ones life during the festive season.

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Light Up A Life I donated for - St John's Hospice

Join Our Celebration Events

This year will see the return of our traditional events, alongside our second online event after its success in 2020. The events offer the opportunity for our community to come together, listen to music, readings and share in the warm atmosphere as Christmas approaches. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Online Celebration – Friday 10th December – 6pm

Online Event – Facebook & YouTube
Watch on Facebook

Watch on YouTube


Monday 6th December – 6:30pm

Kendal Parish Church, Kirkland, Kendal, LA9 5AF

Friday 3rd December – 6.30pm (sold out)

St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Clyne Road, Lancaster LA1 2HU
Following the event, 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.

Please note: While our events remain free to attend we will be releasing tickets from 1st November on a first come first served basis. This is to ensure that it is a comfortable and safe environment for everyone.

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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

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