Shoppers at Bridgewater Shopping Centre pause to remember loved ones in aid of Wicklow Hospice

It’s the busiest time of the year for shoppers and retailers alike, but the people at Bridgewater Shopping Centre took a moment of pause to remember their loved ones at a very special ceremony in aid of Wicklow Hospice.

The Light up a Life campaign has come to its conclusion for the year, a campaign which gave people an opportunity to honour and remember their loved ones while also raising much-needed funds for Wicklow Hospice.

In place at the Shopping Centre since 25th November, the inaugural year of Wicklow Hospice’s Light Up a Life concluded with an inclusive blessing of the tree under the guidance of local clergy from the Arklow district areas, followed by the lighting of the candles by the tree, accompanied by music and song from Avondale Voices.

Allison Ryder, Fundraising Co-ordinator at Wicklow Hospice said: “The conclusion of our inaugural Light Up a Life over the weekend was very special. It offered an opportunity to pause for a moment and remember loved ones, amidst the busy festive period. The hundreds of ribbons adorning the Memory Tree and candles were a magical spectacle for shoppers and passersby on the day.

“The funds raised are immensely appreciated by Wicklow Hospice and will help us continue our work at the Hospice and throughout the community. A sincere thanks goes to all those who donated and the volunteers who supported the efforts since November”, she added.

Candle lighting and moment of reflection by the tree.

If you couldn’t make to Bridgewater Shopping Centre for the cermeony, but would still like to support the cause, please visit Light up a Life to dedicate a light on the tree at Maghermore in memory of a loved one

There are also special Christmas decorations and cards available to purchase on the site, with all proceeds going to Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services.

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