Special day of remembrance
ON Sunday, December 9 at 4pm, families will gather together in the beautiful woodland gardens of St Joseph’s Hospice, on Ince Road in Thornton, to remember their loved ones and celebrate their memories.
The centrepiece of the hospice’s annual Christmas remembrance event is an impressive 25ft Christmas tree adorned with hundreds of lights, each dedicated to husbands and wife, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters and lifelong friends.
Some may have passed away and others may just be a long way away.
Light up a Life is a festive celebration of lives and memories, and isn’t just for those who have died at the hospice.
The O’Flynn family will be coming for the first time this year.
Their mum Mina passed away back in April at home in Cork. With seven children living in Merseyside, Wolverhampton and Ireland, they can’t get together very often, but this year they wanted to get together at this special time of year to remember Mina and celebrate so many wonderful and happy memories.
Siobhan, one of Mina’s daughters, said: “My mum was born in Derry but my parents moved to Liverpool 50 years ago when we were all very young.
“My parents then retired back to Ireland 26 years ago and so, as a result, my brothers and sisters have all settled in different places but we’re still a very close family.
“St Joseph’s Hospice was a special place to my mum.
“She used to volunteer there and spent many happy times there, including her Golden Wedding Anniversary party, which was held in what used to be a function room in St Francis House at the hospice.
“Mum would have turned 90 in September, and so we wanted to do something special to remember her – and the hospice’s Light up a Life service seemed perfect.
“We have dedicated a light to mum too, so that when the lights are switched on we will all be together thinking of her and celebrating so many wonderful family memories.”
If you or your family would like to dedicate a light to someone special on our Christmas tree, dedications can be made now by contacting our fundraising team or downloading a form from www.jospice.org.uk.
All dedications made before Sunday, December 2 will also be entered into our special Light up a Life dedication book. Forms are also available from St. Joseph’s Hospice shops.
To find out more about Light up a Life, or how you can support St Joseph’s Hospice, please call 0151 932 6044 or email email@example.com.
If you can’t attend but would like to make a donation to St Joseph’s Hospice, please text JOSP05 plus the amount you’d like to donate to 70070 e.g. JOSP05 £10 to donate £10.
Remembered – seated is the late Mina O’Flynn with Sean and family: from left, Sean Martina, Siobhan, Gary, Dee, Marion and Anne-Marie