Marie Curie 'Lights to Remember' ceremony a huge success

Penarth Times: HOSPICE: Supporters during the Lights to Remember ceremony HOSPICE: Supporters during the Lights to Remember ceremony

THIS YEARS ‘Lights to Remember’ at the Marie Curie Hospice Cardiff & the Vale was particularly successful as Penarth managed to miss the storms that were happening throughout the UK and have a clear and crisp evening for the event.

Both supporters at the event, and hospice patients and staff, were treated to some beautiful singing from vocalist Eve Sherratt, who stepped in at the last minute after a cancellation much to the gratitude of the fundraising team.

She then led the carol singing for everyone to join in with before heading into the hospice for some welcome mulled wine and mince pies and an opportunity to view their dedication cards, which will be displayed until twelfth night

The beautiful Christmas tree was donated by Brynawel Garden Centre and some lights were donated by B&Q Culverhouse Cross. These will give pleasure to patients and their families throughout Christmas as they can be seen from the wards.

Supporters have sponsored a light on the tree and so far this has raised over £12,500 which will help pay for care at the hospice on Christmas Day. If anyone would still like to sponsor a light to support the hospice and complete their own dedications cards please call in to the fundraising office at the hospice or telephone on 02920 426068.

Marie Curie Hospice Cardiff and the Vale costs over £3.9 million a year to fund and provides free specialist medical care for those with serious illnesses, and emotional support for their families giving them the best quality of life.

Karen Jones, fundraising manager for Marie Curie Hospice Cardiff and the Vale, added: “People can come here to stay or visit regularly for pain relief, physio, complementary therapies and more. And because our hospice works hand in hand with our nurses in the community we can also help people return to their own homes and be looked after there. But the sad fact is, every five minutes someone in the UK dies without the care they need at the end of their life which is why we need to continually raise more funds to help even more people.”

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