Celebrate 21 years of Festival of Light this Christmas

ONE of the best loved events in the Sheffield Christmas calendar celebrates its 21st anniversary this year.

It’s 21 years this December since St Luke’s Hospice held its first Festival of Light in the hospice grounds at Little Common Lane.

It’s a chance for the whole Sheffield community to join the St Luke’s team in a light-filled celebration for the whole family to enjoy and this year the lights will shine out on December 2, when BBC Radio Sheffield presenter and keen St Luke’s supporter Paulette Edwards will once again be hosting the evening.

The crowds will start to assemble from 4.30pm to enjoy complimentary mulled wine, hot drinks and enjoy the festive flavour of some seasonal favourites.

Adding to the special atmosphere, there will be music from Oughtibridge Brass Band and Sheffield Harmony Choir.

Parking is never a problem as First Bus provides a free park and ride service from the Tesco car park at Abbeydale Road direct to Little Common Lane and back.

Every person who attends is invited to take a light, decorate a candle bag in memory of a loved one and join in with carols and the very special atmosphere of the evening, with the St Luke’s Book of Remembrance on display throughout the event.

The lights switch on is performed at 6.15, when Paulette will be joined on stage by a St Luke’s patient to flick the switch and transform the St Luke’s gardens into a winter wonderland, each light shining out in memory of a loved one.

“Each celebration is unique for me and also for the people who gather together in our garden to remember their loved ones,” said St Luke’s Director of Income Generation Kathryn Burkitt.

“Every year we challenge ourselves to make the event bigger and better than ever and this year is no exception.

“Last year we were able to raise an incredible £54,000 during our Festival of Light celebrations and I wish to personally thank everybody for previously supporting our event.

“If you felt able to give another gift again today we could make this year’s Festival of Light the biggest and brightest yet, enabling us to care for more local patients and families when they need us most.”

For more information about the Festival of Light and how to get involved visit www.stlukeshospice.org.uk/light