Remember your loved ones in Leeds this Christmas

CAMPAIGN: Light up a Life raises vital funds.
CAMPAIGN: Light up a Life raises vital funds.
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Families have a chance to remember their loved ones while supporting Martin House Children’s Hospice with its annual Light up a Life campaign.

In return for a donation to Martin House, people can make a dedication to their loved ones and will receive a personalised Light up a Life keepsake card.

Their named person will also appear in Martin House’s Books of Dedication, which go on display at St Mary’s Church, Boston Spa, Beverley Minster, St Mary’s Church, Whitby, and Holy Trinity Church, Skipton, from Wednesday, December 6 to Saturday, January 6.

Jodie Shepherd, director of fundraising, said: “As the year draws to a close it’s a natural time for us to remember loved ones who are no longer with us. With a Light up a Life dedication, you can celebrate a life while making a difference to Martin House children and young people, and their families.”

Dedications that are made online will be included on Martin House’s virtual memory tree on its website, as well as in the Books of Dedication, which are updated until Friday, January 5.

Martin House will also hold two Light up a Life services, one at St Mary’s in Boston Spa on Tuesday, December 5, and the second at Holy Trinity Church, Skipton, on Wednesday, December 6, both at 7pm.

The services include carols and readings, and a time for reflection. During the services the Martin House Christmas tree will be lit, with each light shining for someone special.

You can make your dedication by filling in a Light up a Life form, available from Martin House shops, or online at

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