HE SWITCHING on of the Christmas lights in Bromsgrove next Saturday (November 21) and Rubery the Saturday after (November 28) also signals the launch of the Primrose Hospice’s annual Lights of Love festive fund-raiser.
The campaign, which raised more than £24,000 for the charity last year, enables residents to remember a loved one by dedicating lights on the Christmas trees in the two centres in return for a donation to the Primrose.
Their names are placed in remembrance books around the trees for family and friends to visit throughout the festive season.
As well as being an act of remembrance, it is also a celebration of life.
The Primrose, which supports patients with life-limiting illnesses, needs to raise £1.6million-a-year to offer its much-needed services for free. The Lights of Love appeal is hugely successful in raising these crucial funds.
The Bromsgrove book of remembrance will be placed outside Asda on Market Street and at Bromsgrove Methodist Church, from next Saturday. The Rubery book will be placed on the information board by the tree on New Road from November 29.
There will also be a remembrance service at 3.30pm next Saturday (November 21) at Bromsgrove Methodist Centre before the Lights of Love tree is illuminated outside Asda at 5pm.
Then, at 4pm a week on Sunday (November 29), there will be a remembrance service at the Beacon Church Centre. The lights of love tree will be illuminated on the Saturday (November 28) at 5.30pm – the same time as the village’s switch-on.
To support the Lights of Love, go to one of the Primrose Hospice’s charity shops or visit www.primrosehospice.org/lights or call 01527 889796.