Hospice launches Christmas appeal

PUBLISHED: 11:38 22 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:42 22 November 2013

Thames Hospice at Ascot

Thames Hospice at Ascot

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Local charity Thames Hospice has launched a different kind of message this Christmas.

The hospice is asking family and friends to celebrate the lives of loved ones as part of their festive celebrations. The appeal is called Light up a Life and aims to remind people that although Christmas is a time of celebration, for many it is also a time of reflection.

Anyone who has someone special to remember this Christmas, can visit Thames Hospice shops and buy a Star to Remember. Names of loved ones can be written onto the stars and then either hung on the Christmas tree at home or returned to Thames Hospice to hang on one of their dedicated trees. The Christmas trees will be at Thames Hospice’s Community Therapy Unit in Ascot and at the hospice in Windsor.

Liz Showell, Director of Fundraising at Thames Hospice, said: “The Light up a Life appeal is one of our biggest campaigns of the year. Christmas can be a difficult time of the year for many people who miss loved ones.

“Many patients want to spend the Christmas period out of hospital and quite often come to us. We are on hand, providing much needed emotional support at this special time of year because more and more people need our help.”

The Stars to Remember are available across Thames Hospice’s 12 charity shops including Windsor, Bracknell, Reading, Uxbridge and Maidenhead. For more information on the appeal, visit thameshospice.org.uk

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