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Community invited to light up the lives of loved ones

A special Christmas community event offers people from across the Harrogate district the opportunity to remember and pay tribute to loved ones this December, while supporting local families living with terminal illness and bereavement to make the most of their time together over the festive season.

Saint Michael’s Light up a Life campaign gives local people the chance to dedicate a light on the charity’s Christmas tree in memory of someone in their thoughts this Christmas.

Chief Executive of Saint Michael’s, Tony Collins, said:

The special memories we have of loved ones never leave us, and Light up a Life is a meaningful way to celebrate and remember the lives of family and friends who are no longer with us.

When making your dedication you will receive a special memory star, as well as extra stars for children and young people to decorate and hang on the tree at home, or on our beautifully lit Saint Michael’s tree.

The lights will be illuminated during two community events to be held at Ripon Cathedral on Sunday December 6 and Saint Michael’s Hospice on Hornbeam Park Avenue on Sunday 13 December 2015.

All Light up a Life donations will help Saint Michael’s provide more care for local families this Christmas, both at the charity’s well-known hospice and out in the community in people’s own homes, care homes and hospital.

The personalised hospice care offered by Saint Michael’s is not dependent on a person’s ability to pay, but totally focussed on what is best for them, and the charity relies upon the generosity of the local community to continue to provide vital support to more than 2000 people across the Harrogate district each year.

Tony added:

With the busy festive season fast approaching, we encourage people to make their dedication today to ensure the memory of your loved one shines on.

To dedicate a light and receive your special memory star, visit, call Saint Michael’s on (01423) 878 192 or email

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