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Light up a Life Appeal

This is the major annual appeal of the year, raising in excess of £100,000 a year for the hospice.



Light up a Life

Click here to view our Special Commemorative Brochure for the 2012 Light up a Life Appeal, which lists the name of all those remembered through the appeal.

For any donations received after the closing date, a separate list is compiled, which will be placed in the Hospice Chapel on Christmas Eve and displayed there, with the printed brochure, over Christmas and the New Year.

Hospice's annual 'Light Up A Life' carol service attracts over 2,500 people

St Raphael's Hospice 2011 annual 'Light Up a Life' carol service was attended by 2,500 people in the grounds of the Hospice on Sunday 4 December when the Christmas lights were turned on. The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender and the Deputy Major of Sutton, Councillor Hamish Pollock, were also in attendance.

Supporters gave donations in memory of loved ones who are remembered through the lights on the Christmas tree, which shine through Christmas and into the New Year. This year 4,000 people were remembered in this way. The lights were turned on at the carol service by Sister Clare Joseph, representing the Daughters of the Cross who started St Raphael's in 1987 and Dr Marie Joseph, Medical Director at the Hospice.

Keith Witham, Director of Fundraising, St Raphael's Hospice, said "This year's Appeal exceeded all previous years and over 140,000 was raised. We want to thank everyone for their support."

Supporters are invited to make a donation in memory of a loved one, or a friend, who will be remembered through the lights that shine on the hospice Christmas tree from early December through Christmas and the New Year.

Each year we hold a Light up a Life Carol service in the grounds of the hospice on the first Sunday of December at 4.30pm when the Hospice Christmas Tree lights are turned on. We regularly have some 2,500 people at this Carol Service, which is the largest single event of the year.

LUAL tree

These carol services hold a very special significance for many people, who are remembering family members and loved ones from years gone by, as well as the relatives of patients who have been cared for by the hospice during this year.

A special commemorative brochure is produced, which is also the "order of service" for the carol service. The brochure contains the name of every individual who is being remembered through the Light up a Life Appeal that year. It's is worth noting that in order to produce that brochure, we ask for donations to be received by the beginning of November, to allow time for printing, which is why the appeal is mailed to supporters at the start of September each year.