Hospice Light up a Life raises thousands

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An Express-backed campaign that helps people remember their loved ones has raised thousands of pounds for the Prince of Wales Hospice.

The annual Light Up a Life initiative offers residents a chance to dedicate a light to family and friends in the hospice gardens.

This year, it raised £16,953 in vital funds for the Pontefract facility, which provides palliative care and support for patients with life limiting illnesses and their families.

Hundreds of people remembered their loved ones and the names were all printed in special books of remembrance, which are now on display in libraries in Pontefract, South Elmsall and Airedale, Hemsworth Community Centre and the hospice chapel. They will be available to view until January 6. The hospice also held memorial services across the area.

Sue Oddy, communities and events fundraiser, said: “We’d like to say a big thank-you to everyone who donated to the campaign and dedicated a light in memory of those they have lost.

“It is a fantastic total.”

The Halfpenny Lane hospice costs around £2m a year to run, 70 per cent of which comes from fundraising efforts such as Light Up a Life, as well as donations from residents.

The next big event will be a football tournament and family fun day at the A1 Football Factory in Knottingley.

There will be tournaments, soft play, penalty shoot-outs, target practice, face painting, a raffle, a beautician and refreshments from 3pm to 6pm on January 23.

The event - in aid of the hospice and Macmillan - will be followed by an evening gala, with a three course meal and live entertainment.

Tickets for the evening event cost £25 and are available from the football factory on the A1 Business Park or 01977 677721.