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December 3rd, 2017 – January 3rd, 2018
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Light up a Life is an event to remember and celebrate the life of a loved one at Christmas time and is one of Hospice’s most loved and meaningful community events.

We invite people to sponsor a light on our Christmas tree in memory of a loved one – as a Christmas gift for a friend or family member, or in celebration of a special Anniversary or Birthday.

A moving service will take place followed by music from a band and the Hospice Choir.

Sinead Astill’s story

Christmas can be difficult for anyone who has lost a loved one and this year is no exception for our family. Hospice wasn’t somewhere we’d thought too much about until September 2015 when my husband Chris was diagnosed with incurable cancer. Isle of Man Hospice helped the whole family from that day and continues to support us today.

Chris and I joined in on the twice weekly drop-in sessions at the Scholl Wellbeing Centre. This is where we learnt that Hospice is not a place to be afraid of; in fact quite the opposite. We both enjoyed the arts, crafts, relaxation therapies and talking to other patients and carers who were in, or had experienced similar situations to us. Chris enjoyed the gatherings so much that it wasn’t long before he invited his parents and brother to join in!

The sessions gave us all help, support and advice when we needed it and we now also have treasured memories of these get-togethers which were often filled with laughter and happiness.

Unfortunately, things took an unexpected turn for us in March 2016 when Chris’ only brother Nick was also diagnosed with cancer. Sadly a few months later in May 2016, Nick suffered a massive heart attack and stroke, due to the severity of damage combined with his tumors he was offered end of life care at Hospice. We were so grateful for this, as soon as Nick arrived we saw him visibly relax.

Nick and Chris had spent a lovely day in the beautiful, tranquil gardens of Hospice the week before which they both Chris continued under the care of hospice, where his appointed nurse would regularly visit us at home ensuring we had everything we needed and provided us with endless support and advice. 

Chris continued under the care of hospice, where his appointed nurse would regularly visit us at home ensuring we had everything we needed and provided us with endless support and advice. There were several occasions when Chris needed to be an in-patient to control his symptoms, all the staff gave Chris the best possible care and attention (and 5 star food at his every whim!). Once the symptoms were under control, maybe a tweak in medications, we were back home to fulfill life and make precious memories.

Sadly in January of this year Chris lost his battle, but with the help of Hospice he died surrounded by his loved ones and with dignity, respect and comfort.

On behalf of Chris, Nick, I and all the family, a huge sincere thank you to each and every staff member for the continued dedication shown to us to help us emotionally, physically and mentally through this incredibly sad time.

This Christmas we will celebrate and remember Chris and Nick by dedicating a light and lighting up.

Sinead  x

All donations received on the night will go towards the running costs of Hospice.

You can download and complete an application form below and return it to Light up a Life, Hospice Isle of Man, Strang, IM4 4RP.  Application forms are also available from Hospice Isle of Man or any of our Hospice Shops.

Hospice Light up a Life Application Form

01624 647432|

Location: Hospice Isle of Man, Douglas, IM4 4RP

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