A devoted daughter who was supported by Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice is urging residents to sign up for this year’s Light Up A Life campaign.
Pam Durham – who received support from the hospice after her father Victor died of lung and liver cancer in May – is encouraging residents across the Five Towns to sponsor a light in the Halfpenny Lane hospice gardens in memory of a loved one.
Mrs Durham said: “I had volunteered at the hospice but I never expected one of my own would need the care it provides. It was like a bolt from the blue.
“Without people donating to the hospice it wouldn’t be here. The hospice is part of my life now. Hospice staff keeping phoning me to ask how I am and it really makes a difference.”
The campaign – launched in partnership with the Express – gives residents the chance to have their loved ones’ names, and who they are remembered by, displayed in books of remembrance in the hospice.
The names will also be printed in the Express from next week (November 21) until Christmas.
Tom Belt, hospice fundraiser, said: “Christmas is a very special time but it is difficult when you think of those that cannot be with you.
“The hospice aims to be part of the local community and Light Up A Life is a big part of that.
“You can remember a loved one and help a local charity at the same time.”
The hospice costs £2.2m per year to run and relies on charitable donations for most of this.
It offers specialist care for those with life limiting illnesses.
To dedicate a light visit www.pwh.org.uk or call the hospice 01977 708868.
Alternatively, fill in the coupon below and send it with your donation to The Prince of Wales Hospice, Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract, WF8 4BG.