Ten-year-old Rosie Fox from Lichfield will always cherish the fun she had with her dad – and through the St Giles Hospice Light up a Life event she will take time to remember him.

Rosie Fox with her mum Jean

Jonathan was just 39 when he died from a brain tumour in May. During the final days of his life Jonathan, his wife Jean, and Rosie were cared for by St Giles’ Community Team and Family Support & Bereavement Team, who have also continued to support Rosie and Jean since his death.

Light up a Life will offer them a special opportunity to remember Jonathan, and to celebrate his life.

Rosie explained:

“During Light up a Life I will be thinking about all the things I did with dad before he died. I miss his humour and the three of us going out together – and him simply being my dad and always being there. He even came to my sports day in a wheelchair when he was poorly. He never missed a sports day. That was the way my dad was.

“I’ll be thinking about the fun we had.”

People from across the region are being encouraged to remember someone special to them through this year’s Light up a Life – and event that provides an opportunity to dedicate a message in memory of a loved one, which will be recorded in a Book of Memories that will be on display at the hospice throughout 2010.

Lichfield Cathedral. Pic: James Stringer

A special service will be held at Lichfield Cathedral and will give people the opportunity to gather to celebrate the loving memories of friends and family members. Lives being remembered will also be symbolised by a light switched on during the service.

Those who would like to ensure their memories of a loved one are included in the Book of Memories can submit them now, and are urged to get in touch with St Giles Hospice by visiting www.stgileshospice.com/lightupalife, telephoning 01543 432538, or picking up a leaflet at their local St Giles Hospice Shop.

Those taking part are also invited to make a donation to help the hospice care for local people with cancer and other serious illnesses.

Peter Holliday, Chief Executive of St Giles Hospice, said:

“Light up a Life is a much-loved event which offers a special way to remember a loved one and record a heartfelt message or memory. Everyone is welcome to send in their memories, whether they have lost someone recently or some years ago, and regardless of whether or not they were cared for by St Giles.

“We also extend our welcome to everyone to come along to their local Light up a Life service of their choice, where they will see the lights dedicated to their loved ones switched on.”

The Book of Memories will be on display at the service, and then will be kept at the hospice.

The outdoor service at Lichfield Cathedral takes place at 6pm on December 13.

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