There is one event during the festive period that I always make sure I attend; the Light Up A Life ceremony at Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services in Harold’s Cross. It’s an event that will always hold a very special place in my heart. Each year we remember the family members we have lost by lighting up their lives.
Every year the Christmas tree is decorated with thousands of sparkling lights that represent the treasured lives of those we have lost. Thousands of red candles are also purchased at the Hospice to honour the deceased. This years fundraiser was hosted by Ian Dempsey for the fifth consecutive year. He was joined by many musical acts including St. Jude’s Folk Group, the CIE Male Voice Choir, the Palestrina Choir and guest of honour Finbar Fury who kept the crowds spirits up on the cool December evening. Thousands gathered for a touching evening to remember their loved ones and to celebrate the Christmas season. This event helps people honour their loved ones during Christmas tine by sponsoring a light on the Hospice’s Christmas tree.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say I find the event difficult every year. It’s a moving and emotional day for everyone attending. I never fail to shed a tear when Eimear Mangan performs her beautiful rendition of You Light Up My Life. During her performance I think of both my uncles Alfie and David who we lost to cancer. It’s an incredibly touching and difficult moment for me. No matter how hard I find it I always treasure this event because it’s a remarkable way to honour those who are no longer with us. Watching the tree light up with thousands of sparkling lights is truly heart warming. It’s a magical way to remember the people that lit up our lives.
The event helps thousands celebrate the lives of the people they are missing at Christmas, however it is also the biggest fundraiser for Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services. In 2014 €440,000 was raised, which went towards improving both patients services and facilities at the Hospice. The donations made at the event go towards improving the treatment of patients at both hospices in Blackrock and Harold’s Cross.
“There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle.”
You can donate to help Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services here https://lightupalife.ie/donate.aspx