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Christmas - St. Joseph’s Light up a life 2021 service is announced

Hospice invites local families to light up a life.

Christmas is on the way and St. Joseph’s Hospice has announced the date for its Light up a Life 2021 service, which will take place on Sunday 5th December.

The hospice is looking forward to welcoming families back to the hospice for this very special evening, after last year’s event was held virtually.

Father Furnival and Bishop Tom Williams will lead the service, which will start at 4pm, and children from St Mary’s Prep in Crosby will sing festive carols. Mince pies and hot drinks will also be available.

During the service, the hospice will also switch on the lights of its Light up a Life Christmas tree, with each light dedicated to the memory of someone special.

Light up a Life isn’t just for families who have lost loved ones at the hospice but is for anyone who would like to remember the special people they have lost and to celebrate their lives, or to say thank you or mark a special occasion or birth. It is a very personal Christmas service, which takes place at dusk on the lawn in front of the hospice.

Maxine Armstrong, head of fundraising at St. Joseph’s Hospice, said: “We are delighted to invite families back to the hospice garden for this year’s Light up a Life service. This event means so much to our local community and to our patients, staff, volunteers, and it will be wonderful to be able to support each other in person once again.”

“By choosing to make a dedication to Light up a Life, you are not only remembering your loved ones but helping to support and fund all the good work the hospice does within the community.”

“The lights on our Christmas tree will recognise every dedication made and everyone who makes a dedication will also receive a card.”

Families can dedicate a light to a loved one by completing a dedication form, which is available to download Forms are also available to pick up directly from the hospice or from any St. Joseph’s Hospice charity shop.

To find out more about Light up a Life, visit, call 0151 932 6044 or email

About St. Joseph’s Hospice:

St Joseph's Hospice in Thornton, Merseyside, opened its doors in 1974 and has held a special place in the heart of our community ever since.

Today, the hospice offers high-quality, professional nursing care within a peaceful, home from home environment surrounded by 12 acres of beautiful woodland gardens.

The hospice cares for around 200 people ever year from across a diverse geographical area, which includes Sefton, Liverpool and West Lancashire.

The hospice’s nurse-led service is supported by a community-based palliative care consultant, a visiting GP and a local network of specialist clinical support.

As well as caring for patients, the hospice provide a range of support services to care for the needs of families and loved ones.

Why we fundraise:

As a registered charity, St. Joseph’s Hospice doesn’t charge for the care it provides but, instead, relies on our local communities and businesses to support it. This support is vital as it costs over £3 million every year, or £8,750 a day, to keep St. Joseph’s Hospice running.

The hospice is proud to be a Merseyside charity and relies heavily on local people helping as volunteers – working in its shops, maintaining its grounds, helping with fundraising and visiting patients etc. It is currently supported by over 200 committed volunteers but it always needs more.

If you’d like to support the hospice through fundraising or volunteering, please contact 0151 932 6044 or

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