The Children’s Remembrance Day Committee at University Hospital Galway has launched its annual ‘sponsor a Christmas tree light’.
In December, a large Christmas tree will be on display at the entrance to the hospital and people can sponsor a light on the tree as a way of remembering a loved one.
Susan Massey from the Children’s Remembrance Day Committee explained that many families have suffered bereavements during the year and sponsoring a light for someone who has passed away is a nice way of letting family and friends know that we are thinking of them.
“Families may have loved ones who have emigrated and will not be home for Christmas and again sponsoring a light is a way to let them know they are in our thoughts.
“This is a thoughtful way of letting them know we are thinking of them,” Susan Massey said.
The funds raised through the sale of the Christmas tree lights are used to fund the activities of the Children’s Remembrance Day Committee throughout the year.
Any extra monies raised will be used to enhance the services for bereaved families within the hospital.
Well-known local journalist Mary O’Connor joined the formal launch at UHG and local radio broadcaster Keith Finnegan will officially switch on the Christmas tree lights on Sunday 10 December.
“Twenty years ago Keith switched on the Christmas tree lights on our very first Christmas tree, so we are fortunate to have him back with us to mark the twentieth anniversary,” Susan Massey added.
The afternoon’s festivities will commence at 3.00pm with music from the Conquerors and friends and pupils from Scoil Cathríona Renmore will perform Christmas carols.
The lights will be on sale at different times in the main foyer of UHG from 24 November until 10 December at a cost €5 each.