The Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services ‘Light Up A Life’ event will not take place at Harold’s Cross this year for the first time in its 28-year history.
The event, which is sponsored by Aviva and is the most important fundraiser of the year for the Hospice, will take the form of a virtual ceremony this year due to Covid-19.
With fundraised income expected to be down by at least 30 per cent at the Hospice, it is appealing for support from the public and from businesses.
Audrey Houlihan, Chief Executive Officer explained: “This year, the message of shining a light in dark times feels even more powerful. At a time when we are being asked to stay apart, you can Light Up A Life to feel closer to a loved one.
“We depend heavily on fundraising and need to raise €5.5 million annually, however, we expect this to be down by a third this year. We know it has been a difficult year for everyone and we are so proud of how our team has come together to find new ways of working. As well as facing year’s challenges, we have also welcomed Wicklow Hospice on-board and we plan to renovate Blackrock Hospice next year.
“This is the first time in 28 years that our event has been cancelled. Although we are cannot welcome people to our site, we will host a special Light Up A Life event online from 5pm on December 6th at lightupalife.ie with our wonderful MC Ian Dempsey introducing entertainment and songs to enjoy.
Pictured launching Light Up A Life, the annual Christmas appeal at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services in Harold’s Cross is four-year-old Doireann Brophy with Staff Nurse Gilda Jalop and Healthcare Assistant Mary Ruane.
To sponsor a light visit www.lightupalife.ie where there is also a selection of Christmas cards, decorations and gifts as well as details of opportunities for companies to show their support.