Your chance to ‘Light Up a Life’ in Leeds this Christmas

Light Up a Life at The Light in Leeds. PIC: Tony Johnson
Light Up a Life at The Light in Leeds. PIC: Tony Johnson
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Family and friends can remember their loved ones this Christmas with the YEP’s Light Up A Life Appeal.

The annual appeal, which is now in its 33rd year, gives people in Leeds the chance to sponsor a light on a Christmas tree at The Light shopping centre.

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 festive period.

The board is unveiled and the lights lit in a special carol service at 6pm on Wednesday, December 9.


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.

Generous YEP readers last year raised £9,310 through the appeal.

Supporters’ donations will be published in a Light Up A Life column which will appear in the YEP every Saturday from November 7 until December 12.

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 the Half and Half Appeal.

The closing date for names to be added to the roll of honour is Friday, December 4.

The YEP’s Half and Half Appeal is thought to be the longest-running newspaper charity campaign in the country.

The appeal started in 1982 and has so far raised more than £2.9m, which has been split equally between the city’s two hospices.