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Light Up A Life provides a unique opportunity to come together as a community to remember those we love that are no longer with us.

“Jennifer was only 30 and had so much to give. We want to keep her memory alive by supporting Light up a Life this Christmas.”

Jennifer had just given birth to her daughter Poppy when she diagnosed with bowel cancer. She had chemotherapy and surgery and was given the ‘all clear’. Tragically, this was not the case as her cancer spread, was inoperable and not treatable. She died at the hospice in March this year.

“We couldn’t believe it when she was given the devastating news. Jennifer seemed to take it in her stride, maybe she had a sense of what was to come. But we were totally shocked and couldn’t believe what was happening.

Jennifer wasn’t keen about being treated at the hospice, but after being in and out of hospital and struggling with the pain, she changed her mind. The hospice gave Jennifer brilliant care. They managed her pain and allowed her to feel comfortable. She had the energy to be herself and continue her life including organising her perfect wedding.

Ardgowan Hospice’s support was brilliant for all the family. We were always welcome and the staff supported all of us. They provided comprehensive care to Jennifer, looking after her every need as well as supporting all of us. They offered kindness and help at every turn. We are so fortunate to have a hospice in Inverclyde. We are supported now with Bereavement counselling and support from the Butterfly Service for Poppy and her cousins.

When Jennifer was well enough she raised money for cancer charities and we are honoured that we can keep up this tradition by helping to support the Hospice. Local people don’t realise that it’s not fully funded by the NHS and relies on fundraising for over 60% of its income.

The Light up a Life appeal is a great way to raise money for the hospice. All the families locally who have had a relative that has died can remember them and support the hospice at the same time.

Jennifer loved stars, her favourite song “You’re a Superstar”, was played at her funeral. Her daughter, Poppy, looks up to the sky every night looking for her star to say goodnight. We know that supporting this campaign is the best thing we can do to honour her memory as we have our first Christmas without her. Each supporter will get a star for their special person and a virtual star on the hospice website.

Losing Jennifer was so hard, but we’ve learned that even when it seems impossible to imagine, that the world does keep turning and sun continues to rise and set. Please support the Light Up a life appeal and help other families cope with the hardest time of their lives.”

  • Love from Andrew, Janet, Poppy, Lorna and Jamie xx

Ways you can Light Up a Life

Make a dedication:
Make a light shine bright for your loved ones by:
–  Telling us the name or names of those you would like to dedicate a light to when you make a donation online today, or by completing the Dedication Form and return it to us at the hospice.
–  We will dedicate a light to shine for them on our tree.
–  We will also include their names in our special book of remembrance.

Attend our Light Up A Life Christmas Service:
–  On Sunday 9th December at 6:30pm, we will be holding a special service of remembrance at Westburn Church, Nelson Street, Greenock.
–  We will light up the tree which will be placed just across the street from our Hospice building.

Write a message of reflection
This year, you can write a message of reflection on one of our special stars. These can either be hung on your Christmas tree at home or returned to hang on our tree displayed in our Access Centre, Ardgowan Street, Greenock.

Stars are available in our Hospice shops and from the Access Centre or you can call the fundraising team on 01475 726830 to speak with Alex, Elaine or Chris, or email them fundraising@ardhosp.co.uk.

if you’re thinking about donating to Light up a Life, please remember to enter the name of your loved ones on the checkout page.