Singer Brian Kennedy will be the guest of honor at the Light Up A Life ceremony at Our Lady’s Hospice and Cares Services (OLH&CS) in Harold’s Cross today, where up to 10,000 people are expected to attend.
The ceremony will take place at 3.45pm and MC duties will be performed by Today FM’s breakfast presenter Ian Dempsey.
Mr. Kennedy will share celebratory songs with those in attendance as they gather to remember lost loved ones.
The hospice is Ireland’s largest palliative care provider with services in Harold’s Cross, Blackrock and Wicklow – serving a catchment area of one million people and Light up a Life is a major fundraiser for it.
This commemoration culminates with the lighting of the Light Up A Life Christmas tree.
Chief Executive Officer Audrey Houlihan said: “The fact that we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Light Up A Life is a testament to the important place Light Up A Life holds in people’s hearts.
“We are so excited to celebrate it again in person this year and we are so grateful to Brian Kennedy and Ian Dempsey for their support and for all the people who join us each year to commemorate their lost loved ones.
“We depend on the support of the public to provide our services and Light up a Life is an important fundraiser for us.
“We are also investing in our facilities to improve the experience for inpatients when they are in our care. For example, we are currently renovating our Blackrock Hospice.
“The construction costs are 6.5 million euros, which are covered by donations. We are very grateful for the continued support from the public, which helps us to continually improve our service.”
Brian Kennedy said he “greatly admires” the work the hospice is doing at its Dublin and Wicklow locations and in people’s homes and communities.
“I appreciate the important place that Our Lady’s Hospice and Nursing Ministry holds in providing care and comfort to people and their families during these very trying times,” he said.
“While it is great that we can gather again this Christmas, it is important to remember that the season can be difficult for many. Light Up A Life offers people the opportunity to remember and reflect and of course enjoy some music along the way.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/up-to-10000-people-to-attend-annual-light-up-a-life-ceremony-at-our-ladys-hospice-42194024.html Up to 10,000 people attend the annual Light Up a Life ceremony at Our Lady’s Hospice