Light up a life for Strathmore Hospice

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A special ceremony will be held next month in the foyer of the Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre as part of Lippen Care’s “Light up a Life” campaign.

Every year the charity runs the fund-raiser which enables members of the public to sponsor a light on the centre’s Christmas tree.

For a donation participants are able to sponsor a light for someone special in their lives and their messages are recorded in a dedication book.

In launching this year’s campaign Marion Hood, Lippen Care manager said: “This year again, with the kind permission of the NHS, we will be using the magnificent Christmas tree in the main reception area at Whitehills as the focus of our Light Up a Life celebrations.”

This year’s “switching on” ceremony will take place at 3 pm on Friday, December 2 which will include the singing of Christmas carols and a dedication by the centre’s chaplain, the Rev. Rhona Phillips.

As well as having their message recorded in a dedication book on display at Whitehills, participants receive a certificate with their one dedication.

Marion continued: “By sponsoring a light on the Christmas tree you will be joining others throughout Scotland in remembering those who hold a special place in our hearts.”

Lippen Care members will receive their donation forms through the post, but forms are also available from the Lippen Care Shop at Whitehills, the Meffan, Forfar Library or from Marion at the Lippen Care office, telephone Forfar 475 256. Dedications can be made for someone who has passed away, or someone who is still with us, a pet, group, or cause close to your heart.

Marion praised the loyal band of supporters and volunteers who continue to support the work of Lippen Care in difficult economic times. Their efforts have enabled the charity to purchase, after consultation with the nursing staff, six acute profiling beds, multiplier fans, and baby monitors which are available on loan for patients in their own homes. They also provide a successful befriending service.