Sponsor a Christmas Tree light at UHG to remember a loved one

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Galway Daily news Sponsor a Christmas Tree light at UHG to remember a loved one
Attending the launch of  the Galway University Hospital Children's Remembrance Day committee Christmas Card were  Michelle Munnelly artist, Chris Kane general manager Galway University Hospital, Margaret Flannery Arts Officer Galway University Hospital and Maura Mannion chairperson of the Children's Remembrance Day Committee. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Connect with a loved one in a special way, or remember those who have passed this holiday season by sponsoring a Christmas Tree light at UHG.

The Children’s Remembrance Day Committee at University Hospital Galway has launched their annual ‘Sponsor a Christmas Tree Light’, now in its third decade.

The holiday tradition is a special way of remembering loved ones over the festive season.

Every time a light is sponsored, a specially designed Christmas card is given to the purchaser who can send the card to the person they have sponsored the card for to let them know that they are being thought about.

Or the card representing the light can be kept in memory of a loved one who has died or sent to their family letting them know that they are being thought about.

Margaret Flannery, Saolta Arts Director said, “This year’s Christmas card was designed by staff nurse Michelle Munnelly and features a snow globe. The illustration captures a peaceful Christmas message with the imagery of the hospital in the snow globe.”

“We asked members of staff to submit their designs for the card and when we looked at all the entries, Michelle’s really captured the essence of what the committee was looking for.”

“It’s lovely to have the image of the snow globe going into people’s homes all around Ireland and the world this Christmas.”

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, such as the annual mass for deceased children and ecumenical memorial service.

The lights will be available to purchase in the outpatient department at UHG on the following dates and times. Each light costs €5.

  • Saturday, November 27: 10am to 6pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, December 4-5: 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday, December 11: 10am to 6pm
  • Sunday, December 12: 10am to 4pm

Also on that final Irish country singer and Galway native Mike Denver will officially switch on the Christmas tree lights at UHG, which will remain up until January 7.

Lights will also be sold in Merlin Park University Hospital in the foyer outside the shop on December 2from 11.30am to 3pm.

If you would like to sponsor a Christmas tree light, please contact Children’s Remembrance Day Committee members Anne McKeown on 091 893718 /087 968 4271 or Helena Hanrahan on 087 771 6648 for more information.