Overview: Remember your loved ones with St Giles this Christmas.

How: Make a dedication that will feature on our virtual tree.

Deadline: All new dedications received will be included on the virtual Light up a Life tree only.

Join us to remember your loved ones this Christmas

Light up a Life is an opportunity to remember loved ones who are no longer with us and reflect on your memories of them. Write a message for the Book of Memories, dedicate a light on our virtual Light up a Life tree, and join us at one of our special services, either in person or online.

Virtual Light up a Life tree – Your dedication will feature on our beautiful virtual Light up a Life tree.

Keepsake card – You’ll receive a keepsake Light up a Life card featuring your dedication to display in your home, along with a bookmark and a poem of remembrance.

Book of Memories – Your loving dedication will be included in the Book of Memories, available to view at the Light up a Life services and service locations throughout November and December.

Services – Join us at one of our Light up a Life services, either in person or online, to see your light shine and view your dedication in the Book of Memories (dates and locations below).

Please note, dedications received after Friday 10th November 2023 will be included on the virtual Light up a Life tree, but NOT in the Book of Memories.

Light up a Life services

Lichfield Cathedral
Sunday 26th November, 6pm

St Giles Hospice, Whittington
Thursday 30th November, 6:30pm

St Editha’s, Tamworth 
Friday 1st December, 7pm

St Modwen’s Church, Burton
Sunday 3rd December, 6pm

St Luke’s Church, Cannock
Sunday 10th December, 6pm

Virtual Service
Tuesday 12th December, 6:30pm

Commemorative keepsakes 

Many families who attend our Light up a Life services look forward to buying an ornamental glass angel that change in design each year. Prices range from £4 – £12.

Whether you hang them on your Christmas tree, or display them in your home, our angels are a beautiful keepsake – and something you can treasure alongside your Light up a Life card and bookmark.

Our angels can be purchased at each of our services, at our Whittington Hospice main reception or Fundraising Hub, or alternatively, you can call 01543 532538.

Online Book of Memories

An online version of the Book of Memories is now available.

Please note, dedications appear in alphabetical order by surname – or in alphabetical order by the first letter of the first word entered on the online form (e.g. Someone Special would appear under ‘S’).

What Light up a Life means for Michelle’s family

Michelle Berry is supporting Light up a Life this year to remember her dad, David, who spent the last few months of his life at St Giles earlier this year.

She said: “The team went above and beyond for our family and supported my dad to be able to attend my wedding day, just weeks before he died.

“When my dad received his terminal diagnosis, it didn’t really register with me at first. I think we all have this naivety that our parents will be around forever. I’d never really thought about getting married before, but it was at this point I knew I wanted my dad to see me get married before he’d no longer be here.”

Every little girl wants their dad at their wedding, and St Giles helped me make that happen.

“We planned and arranged our wedding in six weeks – everyone at St Giles supported my dad to attend the wedding; from ensuring he was pain free on the day to arranging transport. I could never repay the debt of gratitude I owe to St Giles – and that’s why this year I’ll be supporting Light up a Life.

Light up a Life is a wonderful way to support St Giles, whilst remembering loved ones who are no longer with us at Christmas.

“Whether you’ve experienced the support of St Giles or not, join me this Christmas and make your Light up a Life dedication.”