Light up a Life

We need your support now more than ever – will you Light up a Life and give the gift of care this Christmas?

It is our pleasure to invite you to join our Light Up a Life appeal where you will be able to dedicate a light in memory of your loved one this Christmas time. The lights shine on our special commemorative trees here at the hospice, and at the parish church, keeping the memory of your loved one alive at this special time of year. As we reflect on what has been a very difficult year for all of us, we hope Light up a Life will provide comfort to our community as we share our love for those who have died. 

It is with great sadness that we have had to make the decision not to hold our annual Light Up a Life services at the parish church and the hospice due to the social distancing restrictions that are currently in place. We will be offering an alternative to our traditional services this year, and we do hope that you join us for a special virtual Light Up a Life at Home service. Our virtual service will carry the spirit of our traditional services, and will include beautiful performances from local choirs, traditional carols, readings, and a reflective moment of silence as we remember loved ones no longer with us.

To take part in this year’s Light up a Life at Home appeal and help to support the hospice this Christmas, please make your donation and dedicate your light at

Each donation will be acknowledged with a personalised Light up a Life card and this year your loved one's name will appear in a special Light Up a Life edition of the Bolton News on 16th December 2020. 

How to join the Light up a Life appeal

This year Jane Hannay will be remembering her husband Mark Hannay who sadly died in 2019 at the age of 55.

Jane & Mark's Wedding

This will be my first Christmas without my husband Mark.

Mark was supported throughout his illness by Bolton Hospice where he attended day therapy and he was also cared for in the inpatient unit.

Mark left the hospice to spend Christmas at home with us, which was unfortunately to be his last.  He enjoyed 3 Christmas dinners with his loved ones and got to make cherished memories with us, before being readmitted to the hospice on December 28th. Once again Mark was immediately welcomed as part of the family and was cared for attentively until his passing on December 30th with me at his side, the side I’d stood on when we took our marriage vows 26 years ago.

There’s no doubt Mark was given the best care to the end. The hospice provided a vital service including emotional support, empathy and respect. The kindness of the nurses has transformed our initial idea of what the word ‘hospice’ means and I will be forever grateful to the team for everything they did for us and continue to do for others.

I know I’m not alone as many of you share my experience of the same care, love and attention Bolton Hospice give to families in their time of need. Please join me and dedicate a light in memory of your loved one so that we can help families in need this Christmas.

How your donation will help

Bolton Hospice have been on the front line of the pandemic response, providing the very best care and support for the patients and families who need us during these testing times. You may be aware we had to temporarily close our charity shops and café, and our fundraising events remain cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future. The impact of the crisis on our income remains worrying and we are facing an uncertain road ahead. 

We need your help, now more than ever, to help us support families in Bolton with life-limiting illnesses this Christmas.  

A donation of £32 could pay for...

2 hours of compassionate nursing care

A donation of £52 a could pay for...

essential PPE scrubs for two of our nurses to help protect our staff and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

A donation of £103 a month could pay for...

our Hospice at Home nurses to visit a patient this Christmas, allowing them to remain at home surrounded by their family 

All the lights twinkling on the commemorative trees remind me of the stars shining in the night sky. The money we donate to Light up a Life is what we would have spent on Dad for his birthday and Christmas gifts.

A family member