Can You Help Woodlands Hospice to Light Up A Life?

Woodlands Hospice’s annual Light Up A Life Service returns for 2019, and they are looking for volunteer marshals to help out at two of their events this weekend.

The Hospice appreciates that Christmas can be a very difficult time of year when you have lost a loved one, or if you cannot be with someone you love, so every year they help hundreds of people to celebrate the lives of their family and friends by dedicating a light on one of their Christmas trees.

Volunteers are needed to help as marshals at the following services in December:

  • Sunday 1st December (between 2pm and 6pm) – Woodlands Hospice, Aintree University Hospital Campus, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool, L9 7LA
  • Sunday 8th December (between 3.15pm and 6pm) – St Michael’s Church, 10 St Michael’s Road, Crosby, L23 8SD

If you can help, please contact Carole Riley on: 0151 529 4143 or e-mail

By dedicating a light to their loved ones, people will not only be celebrating their life, they will be helping the Hospice to support their patients and their families at a time when they need it most. Families like Joanne’s, who have experienced Woodlands’ care first hand.

Light up a Life & the Durdey Family

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Joanne’s mum, Marge, was cared for at Woodlands earlier this year and sadly passed away at the end of March. Joanne wanted to share her personal story to make sure other patients and their families are able to benefit from the same level of care and support that she received along with her dad Alan, sister Katherine, children Ellis and Lyla and husband Tony.

“From the minute we stepped through the door of Woodlands, the volunteers and staff welcomed us all and made us feel part of one big family. They cared for Mum as though she was the only patient on the ward. Nothing was ever too much trouble, they kept us informed and constantly asked us if we had any questions. Everyone was determined to make her time at the hospice as happy and comfortable as possible. We lost count of the number of people involved in Mum’s care, who said what a lovely lady she was and they had loved having her there.

Light up a life 2

Woodlands continues to be a big part of our lives; we are all supported by the Family Support Team, who listen with intent, understand and always seem to know what to say. The activities that Ellis and Lyla have attended mean that remembering their Nan is filled with happiness and laughter, rather than sadness and tears – just how she would have wanted.

Our family can’t thank Woodlands Hospice enough for their support, kindness and thoughtfulness during what was, and continues to be, such a sad time in our lives. We now want to spread the word of the great work the Hospice does to ensure that the fundraising doesn’t stop.”

Joanne and her family will be switching on the Christmas lights at Woodlands’ Light up a Light service at St Michael’s Church in Blundellsands, on Sunday 8th December when St Michael’s High School, Crosby will be singing at the service.

If you would like to dedicate a light/s and help other families like Joanne’s, you can do so by visiting


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