WIGANERS came together last night to remember the special people who have touched their lives and dedicate a Light for a Life.
Hundreds of people once again attended the popular switch-on ceremony at Wigan and Leigh Hospice (WLH)in Hindley as part of the annual fund-raising and commemoration event.
A huge tree in the grounds of the charity’s Kildare Street headquarters was lit up with thousands of twinkling bulbs, each one representing a dedication made by Wiganers to someone special.
The emotion was further heightened by carols sung by pupils from St Peter’s Primary School, while Trinity Girls Brass Band also performed festive music.
WLH director of clinical services Jo Carby switched on the lights, which remember former patients at the hospice but also celebrate happier occasions such as new births, marriages, milestone birthdays or wedding anniversaries.
WLH chief executive Dr Alan Baron said: “The switch- on was a wonderful occasion. It was a chance for people to come together, whether they had a connection to the hospice or not, and to mark the start of the festive season, which often evokes many memories.
“I hope the evening gave everyone who came the chance to dedicate a light to their loved one in a meaningful way.”
The messages will be entered into a permanent book of dedication and loved ones can continue to be remembered until the 12th night after Christmas by downloading a form at www.wlh.org.uk