KEMP Hospice Celebrates 25 Years Of Light Up A Life

29th November 2018

Wyre Forest charity KEMP Hospice are celebrating the silver anniversary of their poignant festive campaign called Light up a Life with a first for them – a giant outdoor Christmas tree outside their Mason Road base, dedicated to the memory of patients, and their families, over the last twenty-five years.

KEMP, the Wyre Forest’s only day hospice and bereavement support charity first launched Light up a Life in 1993, giving local people the opportunity to remember their loved ones who have died and to display their memories on special Christmas trees across the district. This year marks the first year that the hospice itself has displayed an outdoor tree with special tags.

The 12 foot Nordmann Fir was grown especially for KEMP by Rosanne Howes of Wyre Forest business Rosie’s Ground Maintenance, based in Low Hill, and was donated and delivered to KEMP this week. The tree will be decorated with 25 oversized Light up a Life tags which will be placed in memory of the patients and families over the last quarter of a century that have used the services of KEMP Hospice. 

Head of Fundraising at KEMP, Cathy Sloan said it was the perfect gift-in-kind to celebrate a very special year for their campaign: “2018 marks twenty-five years of people across the district making their loved one’s memories shine during the holiday season via Light up a Life. Christmas can be a very difficult time for people who have lost people close to them and Light up a Life is a chance for people to honour those who have died. Each year people make a donation, leave a dedication and celebrate a life and we decorate trees across the Wyre Forest district with special tags. For the campaign’s silver anniversary, we have more Light up a Life trees than ever before in local communities and the incredibly generous donation from Rosie’s Ground Maintenance of a beautiful tree, to be placed outside our home on Mason Road in Kidderminster is such a wonderful gesture”. 

Cathy added: “Next year marks the hospice’s 50th anniversary too so this is a lovely way for us to start our golden year early and I hope that people will take some comfort in joining in with our Light up a Life campaign. In the new year we will also be giving people the chance to have their real Christmas trees collected and recycled from their homes for a small donation, and we have big plans for other events across our golden year. We would also like to extend an invitation to everyone across the Wyre Forest to join us on Saturday 8th December at Kidderminster Town Hall for our Light up a Life Celebration Service. It will be a chance for the whole community to come together and to remember our loved ones who are no longer with us, and for everyone to come together and show how much the Wyre Forest district cares and supports one another.”

Other Light up a Life trees are also placed in locations across the Wyre Forest including; Kidderminster Harriers Football Club, Co-op stores in Stourport, Tenbury Wells and Cleobury Mortimer, Walton & Hipkiss Estate Agents in Kidderminster, Berrington Court Retirement Centre, Aylmer Lodge Surgery near Kidderminster Hospital, Wolverley GP surgery and KEMP’s Bewdley retail shop. 

If you would like to add your loved ones name to a Light up a Life tree you can visit the Light up a Life page or by calling 01562 756077. Sunday December 2nd will also see the charity host their 11th annual Santa Fun Run & Santa Cycle Ride at Brinton Park, Kidderminster from 9am.