Light up a life with Pontefract hospice festive appeal

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Devoted wife Jean Oldroyd –whose husband spent his final days in Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice – is urging people to support this year’s Light Up a Life campaign.

Mrs Oldroyd’s husband Barry died in the hospice last May and she is asking people to back the appeal, which sees relatives of those cared for at the care centre sponsor a light in its gardens in memory of a loved one.

She said the hospice took great care of her husband as well as looking after herself following Mr Oldroyd’s death.

Mrs Oldroyd said: “You just can’t ever repay what the hospice do for you – the staff are just amazing.

“When he became ill I just took over and did what he needed me to: he was my husband and that’s just what you do.”

The Light Up a Life appeal – run in partnership with the Express – gives people the chance to have their loved ones’ names, and who they are remembered by, displayed in books of remembrance at the hospice and at Pontefract and Airedale libraries.

The names will also be printed in the Express until December 18.

Amanda Jubb, hospice fundraiser, said: “Hearing just what a difference the hospice can make to people is incredibly moving and everyone who dedicates a light to a loved one as part of this campaign, is involved in helping us to contnue to make that happen.”

To dedicate a light visit or call the hospice on 01977 708868.

Alternatively, fill in the coupon on this page and send it with your donation to the Prince of Wales Hospice, Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract, WF8 4BG.