KEMP Hospice are inviting the Wyre Forest community to join their annual Light Up a Life celebrations and dedicate a light in remembrance and celebration of family and friends this Christmas.

The charity’s Light Up a Life appeal gives people the opportunity to come together to celebrate and remember their loved ones by making a donation to KEMP and writing messages of remembrance or recalling a special memory and attending a special celebration service.

Like so many, the Wyre Forest Hospice have needed to rethink how they host their festive events this year, in line with government guidelines, in a more virtual way. So to bring their Light up a Life celebrations to the wider community when they can’t meet in person, they have created a special virtual Light Up a Life tree on their website where loved ones’ names can be dedicated as part of their Light Up a Life appeal.

KEMP have also prepared a special virtual celebration for supporters to gather together virtually with other people from across the Wyre Forest on Sunday 13th December in the comfort of their own homes.

Charlie Homer, KEMP Hospice’s Head of Fundraising and Communications said: “For so many, Christmas is the time we spend with our nearest and dearest, and be thankful for what we have; but for those who have lost loved ones, it can be when we miss them the most. It can be very hard and lonely.

“This year has already been challenging for everyone in our community, and with restrictions on groups meeting likely to continue, we know it is so important to offer a way for people to celebrate the lives of those they miss with others. We know it isn’t the same, however we hope that connecting online will bring some comfort to those who find Christmas a difficult time.”

Every year, KEMP Hospice provide care for and support over 1000 patients, carers and families living in the Wyre Forest area. Donations to KEMP’s Light up a Life appeal mean’s the hospice can continue to support those experiencing life-limiting illnesses and offer bereavement counselling to families this Christmas and beyond.

Supporters at the Swan Centre, Kidderminster, have kindly erected a Christmas tree again this year for those who would like to place their dedication tag on the tree whilst taking a quiet moment of reflection in memory of their loved ones.

For more information about the appeal, to dedicate light in memory of your loved ones and the special online service, please go to: or call the KEMP Fundraising team 01562 756 066.

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