Hundreds of people from across Kirklees and beyond joined The Kirkwood for two very special Light up a Life events – dedicating a light in memory of those they love.

Light up a Life is one of the most emotional events in The Kirkwood’s calendar, bringing hundreds of people together to dedicate a light in memory of a loved one.

As The Kirkwood’s tree lit up the frosty December sky and the snowflakes sparkled in the moonlight, there was a hush and a sense of belonging that signalled a great spirit of togetherness.

A poignant service, delivered by Jonathan Sharp, The Kirkwood’s spiritual care co-ordinator, in the peaceful and tranquil hospice garden gave people the chance to pause and reflect.

Siobhan Smith, who went along to remember her mum Moira who died at The Kirkwood earlier this year, said: “This was my first time coming to the service and I found it really comforting.

“It’s nice to remember my mum, especially at this time of year. She was here for six weeks and died of cancer. I can’t thank The Kirkwood staff enough for how they cared for her.”

Cath Lee came to remember her partner, Alan, who died in September this year. She said: “I have never been part of Light up a Life before but I wanted to come this weekend to remember Alan.” 

Pauline Fisher dedicated a light in memory of her husband Brian who died four years ago. “This was our third time attending Light up a Life and it’s just a fantastic event,” she said. “It’s magical.”

The Kirkwood would like to thank this year’s Light up a Life appeal sponsor, Wheawill & Sudworth, for their continued support. The Kirkwood would also like to thank their volunteers; Hade Edge Band, Dewsbury Community Choir; Mia Millar; and Ayre Events.

The Kirkwood’s Tree of Lights will continue to shine brightly into the New Year. You can still dedicate a light to someone until Wednesday December 20. To make a dedication and support The Kirkwood, visit: