Light up a Life appeal for Christmas launched by Ayrshire Hospice

The Ayrshire Hospice has launched its annual Light up a Life appeal where the local

charity invites the Ayrshire community to support their local hospice and remember

loved ones at what can be a very poignant time of year.

This year the hospice has spoken to Jennifer Allan of Ardrossan who has shared her

hospice story as her older sister, Karen was cared for in the hospice in 2016, aged

42 after being diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Karen went for treatment

however despite best efforts, the cancer soon spread to her bones and brain. She

attended the hospice day services before being admitted to the hospice In-Patient

Unit when her health deteriorated.


Jennifer Allan said “I can’t thank the hospice enough for all they did for Karen; their

kindness and compassion continues to amaze me every day. I can never repay them

for this, but I try to contribute what I can through fundraising and raising awareness

of the wonderful work that they do. Not only does this help me to say thank you for

all that they do, but it is also my coping mechanism.


“I want to do all that I can to make sure that the hospice continues to be there to help

other families who need their care and support in the future. That’s why we are

supporting their Light up a Life appeal this year and I hope you’ll join us – and

support this wonderful, vital local charity.”


Karen had a great passion for horses particularly her own pet horse, Parker, and in

2016 the Ayrshire Hospice were able to facilitate bringing Parker to see Karen one

last time.


Jennifer continued “It was such a special and emotional day and the hospice were

just out of this world to arrange it. Karen was unable to sit up in the bed but Parker

nuzzled into her, comforting her. Karen died just two days after Parker visited and we

can’t thank Gill, Kirsten and all the staff at the hospice enough for organising it.”


Steve Brown, Hospice Chaplain at the Ayrshire Hospice said “It would be fantastic if

you could consider making a donation to pay for just a little of the nursing care that

our team will be providing to patients during the Christmas holidays. Most people of

course will want to be at home for Christmas if they possibly can – and our Specialist

Community Nursing Team will be working hard in December and throughout the

holidays to help people to stay at home, where possible, with their loved ones. But

some people will be with us over Christmas – and so our nursing team will try to

make the hospice as homely and festive as possible. We know that, for many

families, this will be their last Christmas together – but with your help we can try to

make it an extra special Christmas to remember.”


The Ayrshire Hospice is also hosting a virtual Light up a Life concert on Sunday 29 th

November where they will be joined by a variety of musical treats featuring local

vocalists and musicians pre-recorded and filmed in a safe environment, to offer an

uplifting celebration of local voices and music and an opportunity for people across

Ayrshire to come together virtually.


To make a donation to the hospice Light up a Life appeal or to buy a ticket for the

virtual concert (tickets cost £10 per person or £20 for a family of four) please visit

www.ayrshirehospice.org or call the fundraising team on 01292 288488.

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