Family and friends across Leeds can once again remember their loved ones this Christmas through the YEP’s Light Up A Life Appeal.
Our annual appeal gives readers the chance to sponsor a light on a Christmas tree at The Light shopping centre in the heart of Leeds.
The names of those with lights dedicated to them will be listed on a roll of honour which will take pride of place in the courtyard by the tree for the entire Christmas period.
The board is unveiled and the lights lit in a special carol service at The Light which this year takes place on Wednesday December 10.
Donations for Light Up A Life go towards the YEP’s long-running Half and Half Appeal for the Leeds’ two hospices - St Gemma’s and Sue Ryder Wheatfields.
Gail Chapman, St Gemma’s fundraising manager, said: “Light Up A Life is a special way to celebrate the lives of your loved ones.
“And every penny donated to the campaign via the Half and Half Appeal supports the vital care of our city’s hospices. Thank you for your ongoing support of local people with life threatening illnesses, the hospices are so grateful.”
Georgina Abbott, senior fundraiser at Sue Ryder Wheatfields, said: “Light Up A Life is a wonderful event where all the family can remember and celebrate the life and most treasured memories of a loved one.
“We will look forward to welcoming everyone to this event and would like to thank the Yorkshire Evening Post for all their support throughout the year for the Half and Half Appeal.”
Generous YEP readers last year raised £11,000 through the Light Up A Life Appeal for the city’s two hospices.
Supporters’ donations will be published in a Light Up A Life column which will appear in the Yorkshire Evening Post every Saturday from November 8 until December 13.
Dedications as short messages can also be printed.
To sponsor a light, send a donation to The Editor’s Secretary, Yorkshire Evening Post, No 1 Leeds, 26 Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS12 1BE.
Cheques should be made payable to YEP’s Half and Half Appeal. The closing date for names to be added to the roll of honour is Friday December 5.
** The YEP’s Half and Half Appeal is thought to be the longest-running newspaper charity campaign in the country. It began in 1982 and has so far raised more than £2.8m, which has been split equally between St Gemma’s and Sue Ryder Wheatfields hospices.
The YEP has now launched our ‘Half and Half Appeal: Project £3m’ to try and top the impressive total. You can donate at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/YEPHalfandHalfAppeal.