Light Up A Life brings comfort

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LIGHTS will shine bright in memory of loved ones after more than £20,000 was raised for Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice.

Hundreds of people have sponsored lights at the hospice as part of the Light Up A Life campaign and names have been listed in the Express.

Pat Rhodes, of Wheldale Lane, Castleford, whose mum Muriel Stenton died of kidney cancer in 2001, said: “Everything I do, I do for my mum.

“Light Up A Life gives you something tangible. It brings comfort to a lot of people who have lost someone, and not just in the hospice.

“I know the hospice gives so much comfort and care to a lot of people.

“When I go down to the ward it doesn’t feel like a hospital at all. It is a marvellous place. The more I got involved, the more I wanted to do.”

Mrs Stenton was diagnosed with cancer on her 80th birthday and Mrs Rhodes cared for her at her home until she died.

The hospice has run the campaign in the Express to give people across the district the chance to remember loved ones.

Hospice fundraiser Tom Belt said: “Light Up A Life has made a difference to people missing someone this Christmas but also it has made a difference to hospice.

“We have raised well over £20,000. Thank you to everyone who has donated.”

Lights will shine at the hospice until January 2.

It costs £2.2m to keep the Hospice open every year and the charity relies on donations from the public. Anyone can sponsor a light, and you do not need to have lost a loved one. You can simply sponsor a light to support a charity.

This can be done by visiting or calling 0844 2484782.