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Mountbatten’s annual Light up a Life campaign has launched this week and Islanders are being urged to take time to remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died by making a donation to dedicate a light in memory of someone who will not be with them this Christmas.

Light up a Life is for everybody – not only for patients and families supported by Mountbatten. All are welcome to dedicate a light on Mountbatten’s Remembrance Tree and attend a special Light up a Life service at 16:00 on Sunday 1st December at Mountbatten Hospice.

Around 400 people attend the outdoor service where carols are sung, readings are shared, and prayers are said. After the service, people gather in the John Cheverton Centre to enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. There is also the opportunity to view the Book of Remembrance and to write a personal message and add it to a dedication tree inside the building.

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Due to the popularity of the event, this year there will be a free park and ride service from Seaclose Recreation Ground (PO30 2QS) to Mountbatten Hospice between 15:00-18:00. Spaces are limited so be prepared to find alternative parking, if required. Only disabled parking will be allowed in the Hospice car park.

If you are not able to attend the service, you can still take part by making a donation to dedicate a light in memory of your loved one this Christmas. Throughout December, the Book of Remembrance will continue to be updated with the names of those being remembered, and all are welcome to add their own message to the dedication tree in the John Cheverton Centre.

Last year, over £18,000 was raised to support Mountbatten’s work in caring for Islanders facing death, dying and bereavement.

You can dedicate a light:

    • Online at mountbatten.org.uk/light.
    • Over the phone (01983) 217300.
    • By post by completing a form and sending it to Mountbatten’s fundraising department. The forms come with a freepost envelope so you can return it to free of charge.
    • In person by visiting Mountbatten’s fundraising office.

Forms will be available at both receptions at Mountbatten Hospice, from the fundraising office and from all Mountbatten shops.

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Other Light up a Life services are being held throughout December in churches and venues across the Island, including a Carol Service being held at All Saint’s church, Ryde at 18:30 on Wednesday 18th December.

Most Light up a Life services offer the opportunity to add a written dedication to the tree at the church or venue in which they take place. You’ll also be able to make a donation or contribute to a collection in aid of Mountbatten’s work.

Speaking about the support Mountbatten receives for these events Mountbatten CEO, Nigel Hartley said:

“We are, as always, incredibly grateful to our community for giving Islanders the opportunity to come together and remember those who have died.  If you are missing someone this Christmas, Light up a Life offers a way to remember them and show that just because someone is gone, they are not forgotten. We hope many of you will join us at any of these events to remember our loved ones together”.

Light up a Life Services Location Date Time
Arreton St George’s Church 12-Dec 6:30pm
Bembridge Lane End Court* (lantern parade)

Holy Trinity CoE (service)

07-Dec 5pm, Lane End Court
Brading St Mary’s the Virgin Church 14-Dec 6pm
Brighstone St Mary’s Church – Brighstone Tree Festival 04-Dec 7pm
Cowes Cowes Methodist Church 05-Dec 6:30pm
Freshwater St Agnes Church 08-Dec 6pm
Lake* Thearles Green 14-Dec 12pm
Newchurch All Saints Church Hall 05-Dec 6:30pm
Newport* Mountbatten Hospice 01-Dec 4pm
Rookley* Rookley Green 09-Dec 6:30pm
Ryde – Carol service All Saints Church 18-Dec 6:30pm
Seaview St Peter’s Church 07-Dec 7pm
Shanklin Shanklin URC 06-Dec 7pm
St Helens The Vine Inn 01-Dec 7pm
Ventnor St Catherine’s Church 11-Dec tbc – see website for details
Wootton The Cedars Pub 05-Dec 6:30pm
Whippingham Isle of Wight Crematorium 13-Dec 7pm
Yarmouth* Carols in The Square 07-Dec 6pm

*this is an outdoor service so make sure to dress appropriately for the weather and wrap up warmly.

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Az-zahra Aziz

A wonderful idea. The staff are superb, none of us know when sadly we will need their help. I hope they get as much money as people can afford to give.

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