Let there be light

People unable to visit Wirral Hospice St John's for the annual Light Up A Life event did not miss out, thanks to Radio Clatterbridge.

Listeners were able to hear the special service broadcast across the Health Park.

The lights shine brightly in the hospice gardens

10,000 bulbs were switched on during the poignant service.

Each has been sponsored to help the hospice and remember a loved one.

7 year old Estelle Saul and Seren, 11, pressed the button at the ceremony in memory of their mother Susan, 41, who was cared for at the hospice.

Radio Clatterbridge broadcast a special programme including full coverage of the service and a special request for a local family who lost a loved one earlier this year.

Presenters Paul Johnston and Steve Lord helped relay events from the hospice gardens.

The man responsible for making sure the thousands of lights were working revealed how recent high winds had caused some problems but couldn't prevent the switch on.

"In general they're looking really, really good and everyone is so excited to see them switched on." - Joe Hale

 The event has raised more than £87,000 for the charity so far with funds still coming in.

The Wirral Schools' Brass Band and Cantemus at Calday choir provided the music for a number of Christmas carols while singer David Palmer performed O Holy Night.

Hundreds attended the annual event

The names of those remembered will also feature in books of honour to be displayed in the hospice chapel.

"The campaign is phenomenally supported by local newspapers, local radio stations like Radio Clatterbridge and it's so lovely to have all those families there." - Teresa Nightingale, Wirral Hospice St John's

The lights will remain illuminated for the whole of December and the service will be broadcast again on Christmas Day after 8am.


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