Dedications are now coming in thick and fast for Willow Wood’s annual Light Up A Life campaign where we join with our community to celebrate the lives of loved ones.

Open to everyone, whether or not you have been touched by Hospice Care, the online Book of Memories is available for viewing immediately. This Book will remain on the website throughout the coming year, with dedications available for viewing on your special days.

A printed copy will be placed in the Willow Wood multi-faith prayer room to coincide with our Winter Fete on 16 November and will be updated as further dedications are received. An ideal opportunity to peruse this would be during one of the Garden of 1,000 Lights open evenings every Tuesday and Thursday from 19 November until 19 December. As well as viewing the Book people can have a look round our beautifully illuminated gardens, and reminisce over a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. The Book of Memories will also be available at our two celebration carol services.

As Willow Wood Chaplain Eddy Inglis said: “Every year people come to me to say just how much Light Up A Life means to them and how much comfort they get from our services. Like Willow Wood itself, Light Up A Life is for everyone”. The Glossop service, on 3 December and the Tameside service, on 8 December both feature a brass band, children’s choir, carols and, of course, the dedication of the Tree of Lights and are always emotional yet uplifting and joyous.

Willow Wood’s Elaine McConnell who will be welcoming visitors to the services said: “In addition, this year as part of Light Up A Life, we are offering people the opportunity to place a 30cm high star in a specially designated and tranquil part of our lovely garden. These beautiful stars can be personalised with your loved one’s name and even a photo, and will stay in the garden until the end of the festive season. They can then be collected to keep and treasure.

“Your stars can be ordered online when you make your dedication at www.willowwood.info, or alternatively dedication forms are in all our shops and reception. It’s a lovely addition to such a special way of remembering your loved ones.”