Edinburgh to light up for hospices

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A host of iconic landmarks across the capital are set to light up blue and white in support of Light up a Life

3rd December 2019 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

Landmarks across Edinburgh are set to be lit up for hospice care.

Next Monday (December 9), a host of iconic landmarks across the capital are set to light up blue and white in support of Light up a Life, an annual Christmas appeal run by St Columba’s Hospice.

The campaign is a way for the local community to remember loved ones who have died and raises vital funds so the charity can continue to provide palliative and end-of-life care to people diagnosed with a terminal illness and their families.

Edinburgh Castle, Camera Obscura, The Hub on the Royal Mile, George Watson’s College, Mansfield Traquair, BT Murrayfield Stadium, Usher Hall, and the Engine Shed in Stirling have all pledged their support, and will be lighting up in unison with the Hospices’ Christmas tree switch on in Charlotte Square Gardens.

Jackie Stone, chief executive of St Columba’s Hospice, said: “Light up a Life is a hugely important appeal for us, as it brings our community together at what can be a time of mixed emotions for many who are remembering a loved one.

“We’re extremely grateful to all of the buildings lighting up in support of the campaign, it helps raise much-needed awareness of the vital service we provide. The donations we received will enable us to reach and support more families who need us across Edinburgh and the Lothians.”

The Tree of Remembrance lighting ceremony draws thousands of people to Charlotte Square Gardens, which will open at 5.30pm, before the ceremony begins at 6.30pm. The lights on the tree symbolise dedications which have been made in memory of people who have died, making it special to the many people in attendance.

Everyone is welcome and the event is free to attend. The tree will remain lit throughout the festive period and into the New Year.  Dedications can be made throughout December for the Tree of Remembrance, and can be made online or by calling 0131 551 1381.