The Northern Ireland Hospice is calling on residents across Newtownabbey to support its annual Lights to Remember appeal.
The local charity is hoping for support from local people who wish to remember their loved ones whilst supporting Hospice.
The appeal, which has a target of £190,000, will help care for local adults living with terminal illnesses.
The initiative involves sponsoring a light on the Hospice Christmas tree in memory of a loved one, allowing families to share in the memory of that special person who is no longer with them.
On Thursday December 18, following a short service at Dominican College, Fortwilliam, a torchlight procession will proceed to Somerton House for the official Christmas tree lights switch on. As Somerton House is currently closed the service will take place outside on Somerton Road. This year’s appeal aims to raise additional funds to complete the rebuild of the Somerton House hospice, which aims to be a centre of excellence in hospice care.
Newtownabbey Hospice fundraiser John Phillips commented: “This year many people will be spending the festive season missing a loved one. Sponsoring a light on the Hospice tree is a special way to remember them whilst helping to provide care to local adults living with a terminal illness. Every donation, big or small, to sponsor a light goes a long way. A donation of just £30 could help pay for an hour of Hospice care.”
To sponsor a light call 028 9077 7123 or log on to www.nihospice.org.