Spe­cial day of re­mem­brance

Midweek Visiter - - St Joseph’s Hospice -

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 events@jospice.org.uk.

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

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