St Giles Hospice’s Light up a Life campaign returns to support those who have lost a loved one

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The daughter of a patient who was cared for at St Giles Hospice in the final months of her life is inviting people to make a special dedication in memory of their loved ones as part of the charity’s Light up a Life campaign.

Each year families come together for the remembrance events, arranged across the region by St Giles Hospice, which offer them the chance to remember family, friends and colleagues at this special time of the year.

Karen Worrallo-Dobson first took part in Light up a Life in December 2020, one year after her mother, Hazel, died at St Giles Hospice.

She said: “Mum spent three months at St Giles and the care she received from everyone at the hospice was out of this world. When she arrived at St Giles, she was very poorly. But within hours, she seemed like a different person – the change was absolutely incredible.”

People take part in Light up a Life by dedicating a light in memory of their loved one on the Light up a Life tree, writing a message for the Book of Memories and joining St Giles at one of their special services.

Karen continued: “I could never repay the debt of gratitude I owe to St Giles – and that’s why I’ll always support Light up a Life.

“It’s a wonderful way to raise vital funds, whilst remembering the special person that you’ve lost.

“We’ve got family all over the world and they love to see mum’s dedication on the virtual Christmas tree. This year, a service is being held virtually too, which will mean we can all join together for a truly meaningful event in memory of mum.”

Sally Redmond, In Memory and Legacy Manager at St Giles Hospice, said: “Our Light up a Life services give families like Karen’s the opportunity to come together to celebrate the lives of their loved ones, whilst supporting the work of the hospice.

“We’re delighted that Light up a Life means so much to people in our local community.”

In 2022, St Giles Light up a Life services will be held at St Giles Hospice in Whittington, St Modwen’s Church in Burton-on-Trent, St Luke’s Church in Cannock and Lichfield Cathedral. St Giles will also be introducing a virtual service this year for those unable to attend the in-person services.

Light up a Life services

  • St Giles Hospice, Whittington (outdoor service) – Thursday 1st December, 6.30pm
  • St Modwen’s Church, Burton (indoor service) – Sunday 4th December, 6pm
  • St Luke’s Church, Cannock (indoor service) – Sunday 11th December, 6pm
  • Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield (outdoor service) – Sunday 11th December, 7.30pm
  • Virtual Service – Tuesday 13th December, 7pm – virtual link will be shared shortly

Everyone who dedicates a light will receive a special keepsake Light up a Life card to display at Christmas time, featuring their dedication along with a bookmark featuring a poignant poem of remembrance.

The name of loved ones and personal messages will be included in the Book of Memories, which will be available to view online and at all of the Light up a Life services.

Dedications can be made online at before Thursday 17th November. Any dedications made after this date will still appear on the virtual tree, but not in the Book of Memories.

For further information about Light up a Life, please email


St Giles Hospice is a registered charity offering high-quality specialist care free of charge for people living with diseases which are terminal or incurable as well as providing support for their families and carers.

Patients come from across the hospice’s catchment area, which ranges from Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Atherstone in the east, to Cannock in the west – and from Burton and Uttoxeter in the north, to Sutton Coldfield and Coleshill in the south.

Care is offered at the hospice’s centres in Whittington and Sutton Coldfield and in patients’ own homes across the region.

St Giles spends over £10 million a year providing its specialist services and with little more than a third of this funded by the Government, the registered charity relies heavily on donations and income generation from the local community.

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